Brangelina divorce: the accusations have started
In the original court documents filed in Los Angeles for the divorce, Ms Jolie cites the reason as “irreconcilable differences”, and she applied for sole physical custody of the children, and joint legal custody. The couple have been together for twelve years, married for two years, and have six children.
However, Mr Pitt is said to have refuted suggestions that he had alcohol and substance abuse issues and a history of smoking marijuana, and is said to be “devastated” that Jolie is filing for divorce.
"A lot of love, a lot of fighting, a lot of refereeing; a lot of teeth-brushing and spilling… Chaos, total chaos. But so much fun."
In an interview at the same time, Jolie said that:
“Brad and I have our issues... To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space."
Her legal representative is none other than the queen of Hollywood splits, Laura Wasser, a partner at Los Angeles family law firm, Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles. Ms Wasser also represented Johnny Depp during his recent divorce case, as well as stellar names such as Kim Kardashian, Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum, Ryan Reynolds, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Kiefer Sutherland.
The couple met in the set of the movie “Mr and Mrs Smith”, and a year later, Brad Pitt divorced his first wife Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Jolie now have three former marriages between them, and enjoy a combined worth of an estimated $400m. Under Californian divorce law, assets gained during their two years of marriage would be split equally, while assets they brought to the marriage remain unaffected.
So, while the case may be high profile, for once, it probably won’t really be about the money.