Can Brad Pitt’s Divorce Records Be Sealed To Protect The Children?
Brad Pitt takes the kids to the movies.

Brad Pitt takes the kids to the movies.

 

We often have divorce and paternity clients who want to keep their “dirty laundry” quiet, and the other side knows it, they use it as a way to gain leverage in a divorce or child custody case. When someone wants to keep their case confidential or private, it all depends on what type of case has been filed with the Superior Courts of California.

Paternity cases, where the parties are not married but have a child together and are working out a parenting plan that includes custody and visitation and child support – everything is considered to be confidential. This goes back to the days when children were considered to be “legitimate” or “illegitimate” by whether or not they are born during marriage. This had huge impact in inheritance rights. In California we did away with the concept of legitimacy, and today so long as a person is determined to be legally a parent of a child, they will qualify for inheritance rights.

Divorce cases have traditionally been public and open to court watchers. The courts have the power to seal records if there is a strong privacy concern that overrides the public’s need to know, and they are generally not sealed.

When HollywoodLife.com called me to discuss Brad Pitt’s latest legal maneuver to try and seal the records in his divorce from Angelina Jolie, I told them this:

On Dec. 7, the judge denied Brad’s request, which, according to California divorce attorney, Dave Pisarra, wasn’t surprising. “Divorces are public,” he explained to HollywoodLife.comEXCLUSIVELY. “If it was just a paternity action, it would automatically be private and confidential, but that is not the case here.”

You can read the full article here.

 

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Is Rob Kardashian A Male Victim Of Domestic Abuse? Probably.
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna.

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna.

Male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence oftentimes don’t recognize the fact that they have been abused. Our society tells men to tolerate abusive behavior from women, and condemns the man if he tries to defend himself. Claims of domestic abuse or violence are often used by women to gain an advantage in paternity and divorce cases involving child custody.

If there is abuse happening in the Kardashian household, and Rob’s the victim, it’s likely he won’t be able to spot that it’s happening to him. Abuse against men is just like abuse against women, it can be verbal, emotional, psychological and physical. Women engage in domestic abuse at equal or greater numbers than men, they just do so in a way that is often considered to be “appropriate” even though it is just as damaging. When a woman is demeaning or belittling to a man, that is abuse, and it’s a common occurrence.

I was asked by HollywoodLife.com to discuss the possibility of what could be happening with the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna relationship, and how if he’s a domestic abuse survivor what he should do, and how it would effect his ability to gain custody of their child:

“If Rob is indeed a male domestic violence victim, if Blac is being physically abusive as the latest stories claim, Rob needs to be filing for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order ASAP,” David Pisarra,Father’s Rights Champion and author of, A Man’s Guide to Domestic Violence, tell us. “This order would be the key to Rob getting MUCH more custody of his child Dream.”

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In Divorces Nasty Equals Expensive – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Could Spend Millions
Burning 100 dollar bills.

Burning 100 dollar bills.

 

The nastier a divorce becomes, the more expensive it becomes. We’re getting an up close and personal view of that with the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Divorce Royale. They’ve each hired the most expensive lawyers in town, and have seemingly opened their wallets to spare no expenses.

Angie wants to sole legal and sole physical custody of the couple’s six children and has asked for Child Custody Evaluations – at an easy $250,000 a piece that could be $1,500,000 right there. Brad is sure to want to spend an equal amount, or more, to protect his rights as a father, so that could be another $1,500,000.

Their lawyers are each in the over $700 an hour range, and they have multiple lawyers. So it’s going to cost them a pretty penny, not that they don’t have it, as one of the richest couples in Hollywood there are essentially unlimited funds to fight.

HollywoodLife.com asked me about this, and I told them:

 

… this could cost the battling couple up to $250,000.00 or more [for therapists],” adding, that “they will have a team of psychiatrists and therapists that will want to talk to and run tests on the children.” Not to mention, “The experts will also want to interview BradAngelina, nannies, parents, friends, family, and all of the kids. These experts are very expensiveand this will turn into a longexpensivenasty, public divorce.”

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The Public Divorce Nightmare that Angelina Jolie is Creating For Brad Pitt

 

Public or private sign

Public or Private?

When it comes to divorce strategy there are a few things that men need to learn – one of them is that this is a very public process – as Brad Pitt is learning. He just got shut down by a judge who sided with the soon to be ex – Angelina Jolie – in allowing the records and case files to remain public. She wants this to be as open and ugly as possible – it’s part of her team’s strategy to put pressure on him to settle and give her what she wants, at least that’s what I’m thinking she’s doing. I don’t represent anyone in this case, but I’ve seen this type of tactic used in many divorce and child custody cases. Private men like Brad Pitt, are often driven to give in when this tactic is used, but I hope that for his children sake and his own sake, that he doesn’t cave.

In speaking with HollywoodLife.com I shared my thoughts, that I

“firmly believes there will be a rough road ahead for the Allied actor. He explained, “The [court] docs show that Angelina is trying to make this a public nightmare for Brad. That is Angelina’s strategy so that Brad will surrender to her demands which we know include sole, physical and legal custody and which may also include relocating the children to London. If Brad sees this as a long, expensive, public divorce, he may stop fighting.”

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Book Cover for A Man's Guide to Divorce Strategy

A Man’s Guide To Divorce Strategy

 

Perhaps Brad Pitt should read my book because in the ongoing divorce and child custody battle between Superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the judge in the case has rejected Brad’s bid to protect the children and keep the case sealed. Brad wanted to keep the case private so that the children wouldn’t be exposed to the ugliness, which is sure to leak out to the press.

Angie had other ideas. She wants this as public and nasty as possible is all I can surmise – it’s a common tactic so that the other side wants to bring a close to the case quickly by giving her what she wants. It appears she wants to move to London and work for the United Nations, which is probably why she’s now claiming that man she spent a decade lauding for his fathering skills, is now a danger to his children. If she can prove that, she can get Sole Legal and Sole Physical custody – which makes her move to London a slam dunk.

I spoke to HollywoodLife.com when the ruling came out, and it fell in line with my prediction, the case is to remain a publicly open case.  HollywoodLife.com quoted me:

However, the 52-year-old losing this battle is not surprising. “Divorces are public,” California Divorce Attorney, Dave Pisarra, tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “If it was just a paternity action, it would automatically be private and confidential, but that is not the case here.”

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Another Father (Brad Pitt) Is Cleared in Child Abuse Case – Now What?

 

 

Brad Pitt Desperate to see his kids.

Brad Pitt Desperate to see his kids.

It’s a common story: Mom accuses Dad of being “abusive, negligent and violent” with the children – all to get a Domestic Violence Restraining Order or to start an investigation by the Department of Child and Family Services. Either of those means that Dad will be kept away from the kids while the investigation is ongoing. Mr. Brad Pitt, just found out the hard way the way this game is played. His wife, Angelina Jolie, pulled out ALMOST all the stops and accused him of being abusive with their teenage son, and that triggered an investigation and a “stay away” order that keeps Brad away from the kids. It’s a brilliant strategy, and very effective thanks to the courts and judges that are scared out of their minds of not protecting the “victims” – even if there aren’t any.

The wheels of justice, especially in family court, grind slow and painful, and that is in Mom’s favor, since she’s got the kids. In the Pitt/Jolie case, the six kids are with Angie, and Brad is probably beside himself with frustration, which is right where she wants him, he’ll sign anything to see his kids again if he’s like most fathers. I hope that he doesn’t sign anything that causes him long term problems, he needs to be careful with the traps that Angie is setting for him.  I know he’s got amazing lawyers working for him, but desperate fathers do stupid things.

When HollywoodLife.com called me, I told them:

Brad Pitt Cleared Of Child Abuse: Will Angelina Jolie Still Keep Kids? — Lawyers Explain

 

“If Angie wants to make it difficult, if she wants to retain sole custody, she might be trying to drag this out so she can get what she wants,” says David. “It is in the dragging out part that Brad might lose patience and he may sign any bad deal that comes in front of him so that he can get back to having a relationship with his kids.” Hopefully that doesn’t happen and they both get a fair deal!

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Burning 100 dollar bills.

Burning 100 dollar bills.

Divorce and Child Custody battles are rarely cheap, usually they run in the 10s of thousands of dollars, but when you have two of the richest, most famous, celebrities in the world, fighting over SIX children, how much more could this cost?

I was asked by HollywoodLife.com about the possible costs of the divorce and child custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I thought about the lawyers involved, they both have multiple lawyers on their teams, and they come at VERY EXPENSIVE hourly rates (Like over $800 an hour!!!) I took a look at the need for a child custody evaluation, and what that would mean in this case. Usually a Child Custody Evaluation is expensive, because the psychologist is interviewing both parents, their parents, the children, the teachers, the nannies, and anyone else that is considered “necessary.” Everyone gets put through some rigorous psychological testing and  then if any of it gets questioned, it all happens again.

Could Brad and Angelina spent over $5,000,000 ? I told HollwoodLife.com that,

“The entire custody battle could easily cost Brad and Angie 5 to 10 million dollars in the next year,” David Pisarra, a California divorce attorney, tells HollywoodLife.comEXCLUSIVELY. “They will likely hire the best lawyers, have the best psychologists handling the children and due to the amount of children involved, this could go down as the most expensive custody battle ever.”

Read more here.

In a case like this, where they each have essentially unlimited funds to fight, and they both have strong reasons to see this to the end, I can see this divorce and child custody case dragging out for at least a year. That would be a shame, because the damage that is done to the children while they are being kept away from their father will have long term implications. Just because the parents relationship is no longer a romantic one, doesn’t mean that the children don’t continue to love each parent and have ongoing needs to see them.

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IN what is shaping up to be a Hollywood Epic Divorce, could be the standard Child Custody War Plan that too many lawyers in Family Court apply – the “he’s abusive and negligent claims” to Child Protective Services and/or the judge.

I lay out in this article for HollywoodLife.com how it could all play out for Brad Pitt. The good news for him is that he has such enormous resources that almost any obstacle that is placed in front of him can be overcome with money. That’s also what’s bad for him, is Angelina Jolie has such enormous amounts of money and star power, and acting skills, that she can wage war convincingly, for a long time.

 

“Angelina’s likely next step will be to seek a 3-week temporary restraining order which can easily be granted by a judge based on Angelina’s declaration alone,” David told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “This would likely immediately take effect and put Brad on limited supervised visits [with the children] only. If there is no investigation launched by CPS then in 21 days a judge would hear the validity of the claims to determine custody and visitation until they finalize the divorce.”

THE STORY CONTINUES HERE.

He should check out my book:

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Available on MensFamilyLaw.com

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It’s the hottest divorce story in town this year – the breakup of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. 400 million dollars between them, six children and a storybook love affair turned sour.

Find out my thoughts on if they had a Premarital Agreement in this article I was in for Hollywoodlife.com.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: No Prenup in $400 Million Divorce — Lawyer Says

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Sperm Banking for Worry Free Sex

Published on 14 September 2016 by in blog

Sperm Banking for Worry Free Sex

I give my legal clients loads of advice – advice that is more “how to be happy” than it is legal sometimes. One of the many things I tell men is that to be free and happy and take control over their futures is to take control over their reproductive choices. That’s usually a woman’s topic, but the times they are a’ changing.

Today, men have options that previous generations didn’t in terms of their contraceptive choices and the actions that they can take to not only preserve their best genetic material, but also guard against an unwanted pregnancy from that weekend frolic with the woman you didn’t really get to know.

What I tell men is they should go to a sperm bank and freeze enough of their sperm to ensure as many opportunities to be a father as they want, and then they need to get a vasectomy and they can live the rest of their life  having worry-free sex without a concern of unintentionally becoming a father.

This week I’m doing research on Cryo Choice, a company that specializes in preserving sperm for men on a private basis so that they can preserve their opportunities for parenthood at the same time as making responsible decisions about their contraceptive choices. I’ll be speaking with a Cryo Choice representative about the process, the costs and the benefits on my Men’s Family Law podcast – which is why I’m doing research today.

If you’ve ever wondered about sperm banks, vasectomies and how to protect yourself and live a worry free life – the Sperm Bank episode and the Vasectomy episode will answer your questions.

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