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What can be learned from the Pitt-Jolie child custody case?

Every year, numerous married couples in Washington and elsewhere decide to call it quits. There is nothing wrong with divorce, as it allows both parties to move forward in their lives. Divorce can be difficult for children, though, and the courts will do everything possible to ensure child custody arrangements are created that will serve the best interests of the kids.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided to end their marriage late in 2016. Their divorce has yet to be finalized, but child custody arrangements have been put in place. Jolie currently enjoys sole custody, while Pitt has visitation rights -- which is a fairly common arrangement in family law circles. According to a recent report, their custody plan may be changed if Jolie does not do more to promote a stronger parent/child bond between Pitt and his kids. What can be learned from this case?

There are a few things other couples or exes can learn from this situation. First, custody arrangements are not set in stone. Changes can be made if they are thought best for the children. Second, parental alienation is a real problem and not something courts take lightly. Granted, there are a lot of unknowns in this case, but if Pitt believes he should have more access to his children and there is no just cause to deny that access, he has the right to seek modifications to the current custody plan.

Only time will tell how things work out in the Pitt-Jolie divorce case. Those residing in Washington or elsewhere who find themselves in a similar situation as the famous former couple also have the right to seek adjustments to their child custody plans. An experienced family law attorney will have the ability to review the details of one's case and help fight for a custody adjustment if doing so is deemed appropriate.

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