This Is How Long Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Have Been Trying to Get Divorced

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004, they became one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples almost overnight.

The famous duo finally tied the knot in 2014, but the marriage only lasted until July 2016 when Jolie filed for divorce. It took three years for them to become single again  —  but the divorce is not finalized yet.

Here’s what happened between then and now so you can see how long Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been trying to get divorced:

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the red carpet
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Jolie and Pitt’s divorce timeline


According to The Cut, Jolie filed for divorce shortly after an incident on a private plane where an intoxicated Pitt had a physical altercation with 15-year-old son Maddox.

The incident was reported to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI as a case of potential child abuse, but both agencies eventually closed their cases with no charges filed. Jolie asked for physical custody for all six of the children, and requested that Pitt be granted visitation rights.

By early December, Pitt and Jolie reached a temporary custody agreement. In addition, Business Insider reports, Jolie’s lawyers filed an important legal document which made very personal information about the children public.

Pitt’s lawyers countered by filing a motion to keep the divorce proceedings private. 


After an intense end to 2016, Pitt and Jolie agreed to keep the proceedings private. Jolie gave a Vanity Fair interview about life after the split as this NBC video reports, including suffering from Bell’s palsy, reconciling with her father, and describing how she and her children were adjusting.

Likewise, Pitt gave an interview to GQ for its summer fashion cover story, talking openly about his drinking and his struggle to move on with his life. 

November 11, 2018

Pitt and Jolie established a new custody agreement based upon recommendations made by the child custody evaluator, US Magazine reports.

Although the filing and the details of the agreement were kept confidential, it’s known that the agreement granted joint physical and legal custody of the six children to both parents.

 April 12, 2019

The court declared Jolie and Pitt single again. As of the time of this writing, however, they’re still not divorced.

The judge granted a bifurcated judgment which made them both revert back to single status while the two sort out how to divide their property.

Why Jolie and Pitt haven’t finalized their divorce

Dividing the money

The one thing keeping the former couple from finalizing their divorce is the matter of financial resources. During the 12-year relationship, Jolie and Pitt merged their wealth and made considerable investments together, so now they have to decide who gets what.

There’s a lot to consider — after all, Pitt has a net worth of $300 million while Jolie’s net worth is estimated to be around 100 million.

Maraval Castle

One of the main issues keeping the divorce from getting settled is the massive Maraval estate and its attached winery in Correns, France. 

First leased by the couple in 2008, writes the IB Times, Jolie and Pitt purchased the estate together in 2012 for approximately $60 million and got married in the chapel there in 2014. IBT reports that the property is surrounded by 17th-century structures, an expansive landscape of hillsides, forests, and olive groves, and even a moat.

The medieval estate comes with a winery, which the couple also heavily invested in together, says IBT. 

In short, a lot has happened in the three years since Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, and each member of the former power duo is moving on.

After bitter disagreements, a child abuse investigation, and a lengthy child custody dispute, what’s left now is all about the money.