Perhaps the most power Hollywood married couple of an era is calling it quits after being married for only two years. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made it official when reports that Jolie, 41, filed for divorce in Los Angeles court on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 citing irreconcilable differences.1 The couple married on August 28, 2014, but had been together a total of 12 years.

The question on everyone’s mind is: How with the two split their enormous combined wealth of $500 million, their property, their assets and parental custody?

A Look at the Hollywood Couple’s Estate and Family

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According to sources close to the couple, they had an iron clad prenuptial agreement drafted. Here are some of the known facts, allegations, and issues facing the couple during their divorce:

  • The couple are said to have a total of 12 properties, which they accumulated before they were ever married. Seven properties belong to 52-year-old Pitt, while Jolie owns two. The couple bought jointly bought three properties before they were ever married.
  • The three joint properties include a vineyard in France, a New Orleans mansion, and an apartment in New York. The prenuptial, if it exists, should spell out how those are divided equally.
  • Jolie has not asked for spousal support from Pitt.
  • Probably the biggest fight the couple will have in divorce court is custody of the six children. Jolie filed for joint legal custody, but sole physical custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara,11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.2
  • Pitt is currently under FBI investigation for reports of alleged child abuse.
  • A source close to Pitt claims the actor wants to clear his name of the abuse charge before he sees his children.
  • Stories have circulated that the divorce comes amid accusations that Pitt got drunk on a private jet headed to Los Angeles days before divorce papers were served. Pitt was alleged to have been seen fighting with his oldest son Maddox, while the plane was refueling in Minnesota.
  • Jolie is alleged said to have previously set up a $95,000 a month ocean-front home for her and her children three weeks before filing for divorce on Sept. 19.
  • Jolie, in her divorce filing, claims she is divorcing Pitt for “the health of her family.”

Top Reasons A-List Celebrities Divorce

Here are some of the main reasons cited for A-list actors filing for divorce:3

  • Economic Support – Celebrities are pretty financially independent, so they don’t usually get divorced for economic reasons. Being financially set allows celebrities greater freedoms, such as the ability to travel, shop and socialize.
  • Getting to Know the Real Person – When celebrities marry, they get to know the real person, not just the actor. They get to know their fears, relatives, bad habits and so on.
  • On The Road Again – Celebrities tend to be on the road traveling a lot for their work. Sometimes they spend months away from home. This can put a damper on a celebrities love life, big time.
  • Intimacy is Part of the Job – Sometimes celebrities have to film movies together and they get romantically involved because of the chemistry between them. Actors get to kiss and sometimes have love-making scenes with other actors. Lots of people find celebrities attractive, so it can be a real factor for those celebrities that are married.
  • Age Differences – A lot of times, the marriages between celebrities can see a pretty wide age gap. For instance, in Jolie’s second marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton there was a big 20-year gap difference between their ages.

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1“What’s Next for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: How They’ll Divide Their Nearly $500 Million Fortune” published in People Magazine, September 2016.

2“The Prenup is Clear: Splitting Properties No Biggie … But Kids Will Be” published in TMZ, September 2016.

3“Why Are Divorce Rates So High Amongst Celebrities?” published in the Huffington Post, April 2016.