Update on Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Custody Battle

Brad Pitt may not see his kids on Christmas, but “hopes” he will

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“Another holiday without my kids” is most likely on replay in Brad Pitts head. The actor did not see his six children whom he shares with Angelina Jolie this past Thanksgiving and now theres a chance he won’t see them for Christmas either.

In the new issue, Us Weekly quotes a source close to Brad who said the actor “hopes to see the kids for Christmas at some point, but when hasn’t been determined.”

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Getty Images | TORU YAMANAKA

Since splitting in September, the superstar parents have been locked in a custody dispute over Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. Angelina has filed for full physical custody of the children. Under a temporary agreement, Brad currently gets visitations, but only after a single therapist agrees to it.

Ian Russ, a psychologist who specializes in child custody issues, is named in the paperwork, which states the “frequency and conditions of the therapeutic visitation shall be determined by Ian Russ, Ph.D.”

Currently Brad and Angelina have group therapy sessions with their kids but thats only because their current custody arrangement. But that can all change if their was a court order or if the parents agree to change it. In addition, Brad Pitt must participate in at least four random drug and alcohol tests per month.

On Dec. 6, the actor and his legal team filed documents to try to make their custody battle private and requested an emergency hearing to ask a judge to seal all documents and proceedings. The judge rejected the request the following day.

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Getty Images | James Devaney

Following the most recent court hearing, Angelina’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, told awaiting camera’s “My hope is that with the upcoming holidays, things will come down a little bit in all of our cases.” When asked if Angelina and Brad would be together for the holidays, she responded, “I don’t believe so.”

As time goes by, Brad has grown “sad and frustrated,” a source close to Brad told Us Weekly. Most recently, court documents show that the actor has asked for extra time with the kids, as well as a “step-up in connection” over the holidays.

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