Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie sign agreement to handle divorce privately

(Reuters/Lucas Jackson)Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.

Former Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have signed an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum going forward, and will work together to preserve the privacy rights of their children, the actors announced in a statement released earlier this month.

The actors' joint statement, the first one they have issued since they have filed for divorce in September, mentioned the former couple will be using a private judge to keep future details of their divorce confidential.

"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," according to the ex-couple's statement. "The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification," it adds.

In most high-profile cases, private judges are often used to keep many details of a divorce out of the public eye while a final judgment is being negotiated.

Primary issue of Pitt and Jolie's divorce is the custody of their six children, with Jolie earlier stating that she wanted sole physical custody.

Pitt, 53, earlier requested to seal documents in his custody battle, saying he was extremely concerned that his kids' privacy rights would be damaged if the records were not sealed.

According to Pitt's lawyers, Jolie, 41, have "exposed the children by making public the names of their therapists and other mental health professionals." Jolie's lawyers argued Pitt was trying to shield himself and not his children from public view.

The former couple were married for two years and were together for 12 years before that. The two became close while filming "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Pitt and Jolie have six children: Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; Knox, 8; and Vivienne, 8.

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