Could This Child Custody Battle Be The Most Expensive Ever?
Nov. 7, 2016
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.”
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.