Once again, many eyes in Wyoming and across the nation are on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The former power couple has reached another stage in their ongoing divorce proceedings. The duo has now begun child custody evaluations.
Jolie and Pitt met on a movie set in 2003, married 11 years later and then separated after only two years of marriage. They have six children ranging in ages from 10 to 16 years old. As with many divorces, the children have become the center of the negotiations. The couple agreed to an interim custody arrangement, but apparently have not yet been able to come to an agreement on a permanent parenting plan.
The court has now appointed a well-known child custody evaluator to help move the process along. The evaluator will interview the children and parents separately and together and will also interview additional associates of the family. The evaluator will then present the judge with the findings of his investigation. This information will help the courts determine the best custody arrangement for the children.
Determining the custody arrangement for a couple’s children is quite possibly the most emotional and stressful part of a divorce in Wyoming or any other state. The bond between a parent and child is so strong that to be separated from each other goes against basic human instinct. Because of this, parents will fight more strongly for their children than for any other aspect of a divorce and will often be unwilling to make concessions. The best way for a parent enduring a divorce to ease his or her stress and obtain the most favorable outcome possible is by retaining an experienced attorney who can guide him or her through the whole, confusing process, helping to reach his or her goals and helping avoid the pitfalls many parents encounter. When children are on the line, experience and knowledge are priceless.