Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agree to settle divorce privately

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The actors released their first joint statement Monday evening which, in legalese, basically says they have agreed to start being nice to each other - at least publicly - and that they will use the services of a private judge to handle their divorce and to thereby keep future details of their divorce confidential.

On Monday (January 9), the actors announced via a statement to the Associated Press that they have made a decision to utilize a private judge in order to keep the details of their ongoing divorce proceedings private so as to protect their children.

It's been almost three months since the shocking news broke that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are divorcing, and now, there's an update on their split that could make a very hard process a little easier on their family from here on out. The situation was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities, who cleared Pitt of abuse allegations.

It was later claimed that Pitt had allegedly been physically abusive towards one of his and Angelina Jolie's children while travelling on their private jet.

Over the past few weeks, Jolie, 41, and her legal team seemed intent on taking no prisoners in her custody fight with Pitt.

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Brangelina have been in a temporary custody agreement put in place shortly after Angelina filed for divorce. A joint statement was recently released by the two actors, saying that they have indeed signed a document to "preserve the privacy rights of their children", Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.

Last week, her lawyers alleged Pitt had sought to have documents in their divorce case sealed because he's "terrified people will learn the truth".

Both Hollywood stars have kept a low profile since their split was announced, although Brad did make a surprise appearance on stage at Sunday's Golden Globes to warm applause from the crowd.

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