Minnesota residents may have heard that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may lose custody of their 10-year-old adopted daughter as her birth mother is asking for custody of the child. It was previously believed that the birth mother had passed away from AIDS, and she admits that she gave up the baby because she feared it could die due to lack of food.
However, she wants the child back so that her daughter can learn more about her true culture. Reports say that the stress of the situation has caused issues between Jolie and Pitt. Another issue is that another one of their adoptive daughters travels with Angelina Jolie while she does humanitarian work. Pitt does not necessarily approve as he believes it could put the daughter in danger.
When it comes to granting custody of a child to an individual, the court wants to see that doing so is in the best interest of the child. Even if a parent has had issues with drugs or other problems in the past, custody may be granted to a birth parent if changes are made. As long as the child is no longer in imminent harm by being around the parent, it is the court’s preference to keep parents and children together.
An attorney might assist parents in regaining custody of their children regardless of how long ago they lost that right. It will of course be necessary for the parents to show that they are fit to raise a child. It is possible that partial custody or supervised visitation will be ordered at the outset, and additional rights may be granted as circumstances warrant.
Source: Franchise Herald, “Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt To Lose Custody Of Their Daughter Zahara? ‘Maleficent’ Star Devastated?”, Sherylyn Toda, Sept. 14, 2015