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    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reach Custody Deal: Who Won?


    As we reported earlier this month, against all odds, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reached a custody agreement before the custody trial deadline.

    Now, we are learning more about this agreement.

    It sounds like Brad is coming away from this as the winner in a major way.

    For more than two years, the former power couple known as Brangelina has been fractured.

    Angelina and Brad have spent this time locked in a contentious custody battle.

    They share six children: Maddox, age 17, Pax, age 15, Zahara, age 13, Shiloh, age 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, who are both age 10.

    Now, this courtroom quarrel appears to have come to an end.

    Us Weekly reports that they have made a deal.

    "Angelina agreed to a deal that gives Brad joint physical and legal custody of the children," Angelina's rep, Samantha Bley DeJean, confirms.

    Now, an inside source shares that Brad is coming out of this tussle a happy man.

    "He got what he wanted after a very long protracted process," an inside source reveals.

    Apparently he won't have any additional monitored visitation.

    "He'll be able to have the kids overnight at his house," the insider notes.

    The source continues that this will be "for the first time since the divorce proceedings began."

    The inside source, clearly sympathetic to Brad, goes on.

    To hear this person tell it, Brad is some sort of hero who perservered against all odds.

    "It was a long and difficult road," the insider characterizes.

    "But," the source says. "He never gave up."

    And now he has joint legal and physical custody of their children.

    It's no real surprise.

    Though more mothers have custody of their children than fathers, fathers tend to retain custody if they actually fight for it in court.

    For more than two years, now, Angelina and Brad have been communicating almost exclusively through their respective attorneys.

    Now, they've moved on to a less contentious and much more contemporary tool.

    They're using an app, called Our Family Wizard, 

    The app is a child-custody and co-parenting app, designed for exactly this sort of situation.

    Not everyone wants to get calls or even texts from their ex, but having children together makes that complicated.

    With an app like this, they can set up schedules on a shared calendar without ever having to engage with each other directly.

    The app also helps tackle things like shared financial responsibilities.

    Now, let's be clear about one thing.

    The agreement that Brad and Angelina reached still needs to be finalized.

    With both parties in agreement, however reluctantly, that will probably be a formality at this point.

    Honestly, after two years, it's a shock to many that they were able to reach any kind of accord.

    Of course, if they had remained at odds, it would have come down to a custody trial -- taking the decision out of both of their hands.

    That's a huge risk.

    It's amazing what you can get done when you set a deadline.

    Some people are very sympathetic to Brad, feeling that he's been denied his parental rights.

    Others believe that whatever happened on that fateful flight that caused Angelina to file for divorce and report Brad to the FBI for child-abuse must have been serious.

    That they reached this agreement may mean that Angelina is reasonably confident that Brad is not a danger to their children.

    He is reportedly in a better mental state these days and is said to be no longer drinking excessively.

    But just because you think that someone's no longer a threat doesn't mean that you can look at them the same way ever again.

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