Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt apparently are going through with their divorce. The couple, however, have a complex problem divvying up their “stuff.”
Whether they use a 3rd party mediator or leave their property settlement issues to be argued by their lawyers, their financial assets, which are considerable, may or may not be subject to a prenup or postnup agreement—and, if one exists, will the court rule it’s valid.
Many unanswered questions remain as to how to fairly divide their combined assets. Their “shared earnings” are huge. According to Forbes magazine, Brad’s earnings have been much higher than Angelina’s since their marriage in 2014.
Pitt has made almost $80 million to Angelina’s estimated $40 million; Pitt has earned almost double the amount Angelina has made during their marriage. Since the first time Forbes followed Angelina’s earnings (2005), she has made an estimated $231 million pre-tax. Since the first time Forbes estimated Brad’s earnings (2004), he has made around $315 million, also pre-tax. However, if you don’t count the financial complexity, Jolie and Pitt should continue enjoying big earnings after their marriage is dissolved.
Of course, much depends on how involved each partner becomes in the divorce process. If either or both spend big chunks of time actively monitoring the divorce that curtails their work schedules, their individual earnings will no doubt suffer.
Why Angelina Filed for Divorce
While Brad and Angelina have, to date, kept their reasons for the split private, they apparently are becoming more forthright, while still maintaining their privacy. Angelina’s agent told E! News, “Angelina will always do what’s in the TMZ best interest of taking care of her children.”
Supposedly, unnamed sources told TMZ Angelina was “upset” by Brad’s parenting methods. However, their own words display a gap in their parenting skills. In 2015, Pitt told The Telegraph he was “tougher” than Jolie in the discipline area. Pitt said, “I am [the disciplinarian] with the boys. Girls do no wrong, so I don’t have to be.”
Jolie, in a 2012 interview with Britain’s OK! Magazine, admitted that she was formerly tougher. “I used to be the tougher parent but, since the birth of the twins, Brad’s had to play bad cop more often.” Angelina then added, “It also depends on which of the children we’re talking about . . . I think I’m a little closer to the girls . . .”
Although one now can only speculate if their different outlooks on parenting created the divorce petition, it appears their vastly different parenting views could be a significant reason. As Angelina has said in the past (2014), “Brad is a wonderful teacher and guide, for the boys in particular. He likes to plan things and proceed in a very deliberate and methodical way. He is much cooler and calmer . . . I can be more impulsive and outspoken.” Brad also admitted to PEOPLE in 2011, “Not [like I’m] a horrible parent, but I’ve certainly made mistakes and had to make up for it [them].”
It would seem their different personalities and parenting methods could cause a major fissure in their relationship. Stay tuned!