Brad Pitt has been granted joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie in a tentative ruling, CelebrityGig has gathered.
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and the former Hollywood golden couple has been wrangling over the split in legal proceedings in California largely shielded from public view.
It is understood John Ouderkirk, a private judge hired by the stars, has now delivered a tentative ruling giving Pitt, 57, joint custody of their five underage children.
Pitt and Jolie, 45, are parents to Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14 and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
The oldest, 19-year-old Maddox, is not subject to the custody decision.
A source close to the case said the judge’s ruling would “significantly increase” Oscar-winner Pitt’s time with the children.
The decision is said to have been based on “extensive testimony” from those involved with the case, including professionals who had spent time with the children.
CelebrityGig learnt that Jolie, also an Oscar winner, had not objected to joint custody but there were “other issues of concern”.
They stressed the ruling was tentative.