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What If: Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt got back together?

By Zahra Deera and Megan Bennie

Few can forget the excitement of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston’s engagement and the subsequent shocking split that resulted in his relationship with then co-star, Angelina Jolie. 

‘Brangelina’ went on to become one of Hollywood’s iconic couples. However, it is now almost 2 years since their divorce. Whilst much of the news has died down, Jennifer Anniston’s recent divorce from Justin Theroux have revived the age-old debate of whether Brad and Jen will ever get back together. What would happen to the pair’s respective fortunes, what legal protections would they be afforded through cohabiting, and how will the issue of custody be resolved?

Brad’s children

Brad and Angelina had 6 children together, 3 of whom are adopted. The issue here is that the pair have yet to finalise their custody provisions, although Brad has reportedly secured the right to have his children stay with him during key holidays (Christmas and Thanksgiving) according to a report in InTouchWeekly. Whilst there could be lingering tension from the circumstances of Brad and Jen’s previous breakup, it is likely that Brad and Angelina respectively would want to ensure that they are on good terms with one another for the benefit of their children.

Cohabiting

Both Jennifer and Brad have their homes in LA, so relocating would be relatively simple. However, with Jen owning her £15 million mansion jointly with her former husband, this will undoubtedly add complications in deciding where the couple may relocate to, and Jennifer’s right to retain her marital home in her divorce proceedings.

Protecting their assets

Both Brad and Jen are established figures in their acting careers (with both being worth $240 million and $200 million respectively) and both experienced the effect of a marital breakdown. It is unsurprising then that if the pair do decide to tie the knot, a prenuptial agreement would be a good way to protect their considerable assets. Protecting their assets could well be a priority, as a large proportion of their respective wealth would have been earned prior to their potential marriage. This would be a particular concern for Brad, given he had been living with Jolie for a number of years before their 2014 marriage. Unlike in the English and Welsh courts, prenuptial agreements are far more established in the United States of America, and since neither have specific ties to the jurisdiction of England and Wales, it is likely that any prenuptial agreement will be upheld in California, where the two currently live.

Currently, there are no plans for the couple to re-kindle their old romance. However, if you are in a similar situation and would like advice, Grayfords’ experienced solicitors can provide you with legal guidance.

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