Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reach agreement in divorce

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement.

Their statement, released to The Associated Press, said that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.

"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," their statement read.

Brad and Angelina (Yui Mok/PA)
Brad and Angelina (Yui Mok/PA)

"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."

The statement is the first joint comment from the actors on their divorce since Angelina filed to end their marriage in September. At the time, one of her lawyers stated the petition was filed "for the health of the family".

Authorities investigated allegations that Brad was abusive towards his 15-year-old son on a private flight, but sources familiar with the cases said the actor was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Private judges are often used in high-profile divorce cases, keeping many details of a breakup out of the public eye while a final judgment is negotiated.

Custody of their six children has been the primary issue in the divorce, with Angelina initially seeking sole physical custody.

The ex couple in happier days (Yui Mok/PA)
The ex couple in happier days (Yui Mok/PA)

The stars were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005 movie Mr & Mrs Smith.

Their divorce, and every filing in it, has attracted international attention. Last month, Brad sought to seal custody records in the case, and a hearing had been scheduled for next week on the issue.

Both actors have kept a relatively low profile since their breakup was announced, although Brad made an appearance onstage at Sunday's Golden Globes to spirited applause.