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Brad Pitt focused on his children during the divorce process

Many people in Arizona are probably aware of the fact that actress, Angelina Jolie, recently filed for divorce from her husband, Brad Pitt. The divorce got ugly quickly, with Jolie accusing Pitt of abusing one of their children. Apparently, Pitt was crushed by the divorce, but has been focusing on his children and will do what he needs to do to see them. The couple did agree to joint physical custody temporarily, but the children will be staying with Jolie. Pitt has agreed to do drug testing and go to therapy with the children.

This divorce may be long from over, and it sounds like the children will be the focus for both parties. Pitt finds himself in a position that many fathers in Arizona have probably found themselves in during a divorce or custody proceeding. They feel that they are fighting an uphill battle and have to jump through hoops to see their children. Despite the difficulties, many continue to fight for fathers' rights to see their children and want to have a good relationship with them.

These decisions are ultimately based on what is in the best interest of the children. This does not necessarily mean that the mother will end up with full custody and many fathers do end up with joint custody or even full custody.

There are a number of factors that are analyzed to determine what is in the best interest of the children. These include which parent was the primary caretaker, the children's wishes if they are old enough, the physical and mental health of parents and children, where the children go to school, the children's comfortability in each parent's home and others.

Many fathers get divorce each year in Arizona. Many others are not married to the mother of their child and may want custody of the child. In order to do this the parents can come to an agreement and if not a judge will ultimately decide what is in the best interest of the child and make a custody determination. This is a very fact specific and complex area of the law and it is important for one to understand it, so the best interests of the child are truly met.

Source: New York Daily News, "Brad Pitt 'totally crushed' following split from Angelina Jolie, leaning heavily on his parents for support," Jessica Schladebeck, Oct. 4, 2016

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