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Brad Pitt Angelina's Hurting Our Kids Moves to Seal Custody Documents

12/7/2016 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1002-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmzBrad Pitt is going to court to keep his custody war with Angelina Jolie private, and sources connected with Brad say his motivation is to thwart her from further damaging their children by airing their dirty laundry in public.

Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Brad filed docs Tuesday in family court, requesting an emergency hearing. We're told he intends to ask the judge to seal all documents and proceedings related to his and Angelina's ongoing battle for custody of their 6 kids.

Several sources say Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children. We're told Angelina is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits ... once the therapist signs off.

Sources connected with Brad, however, are calling BS ... saying the only document filed in the case is the one Angelina blasted out to the world ... exposing their 6 children to needless pain. Our Brad sources say there was no reason for Angelina to file a private agreement, and make it public other than to trash Brad and make the children collateral damage.

We're told he has made NO move to change the private agreement that was always meant to remain private, and by gratuitously making it public the way Jolie did ... it's evidence she's a bad parent.

Brad will get his shot within a few hours to argue the case should remain private. We're told the emergency hearing is slated for Wednesday morning.

Angelina Jolie Angling for London with Kids and U.N.'s Top Job ... Sources Say

12/6/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1205-angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-fun-art-03Angelina Jolie has an endgame in her claims Brad Pitt abused one or more of their children -- she wants to move to London with the kids and score a top position in the United Nations ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

Several well-placed sources say Brad and Angelina have not gotten along for more than a year, and she's been looking for an opportunity to end the marriage and bolt for her dream job ... with all 6 children in tow. We're told she knew that would be nearly impossible unless Brad's right to joint custody was in jeopardy.

As we reported ... Angelina told L.A. County Dept of Child and Family Services officials Brad brutalized Maddox on a private jet and engaged in other conduct that endangered the children. We know Brad strongly denied intentionally striking Maddox or engaging in any abuse, and DCFS clearly saw it his way ... closing out the investigation without taking any action.

Our sources say Angelina's move to involve DCFS was orchestrated by 2 women she's been relying on for advice for more than a year. One is a member of England's House of Lords, and the other also holds a U.K. government position. We're told they've been in Angelina's ear, convincing her she could become Secretary General of the U.N. if she plays her cards right.

Angelina, who has been paying both women handsomely for their consulting services, is all in and taking their cue that a move to London would help get her closer to the U.N. gig.

0923-launch-angelina-jolie-un-getty-02The rub, of course, is in order to take her kids out of the country ... she'd have to prove some sort of parental unfitness on Brad's part. So far she's struck out.

Jolie's rep denies there's a move planned and says Angelina is focused on the health and well being of her children. The rep adds, Angelina wants to continue therapy with the kids and Brad.

Our sources are clear and insist Europe and the U.N. post is the ultimate goal. 

The custody war is now in family court -- she wants sole physical custody and he wants joint. We're told Angelina has a slim to none chance of taking the kids 6,000 miles away from Brad.

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Phaedra Parks Apollo's Wasting Time ... Divorce a Done Deal, Like I Said

12/6/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1205-phaedra-parks-apollo-nida-breakup-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Phaedra Parks said she was officially single again, but Apollo Nida said otherwise -- now we know who was actually right ... turns out, it's all Phaedra.

Court docs unsealed Monday back up Phaedra's original claim 100% -- she's been officially single since July.

According to the docs, Apollo was served in March -- while behind bars -- and even asked the court for time to respond, which he was granted. Still, 4 months went by and he went radio silent ... so the judge went ahead and signed off on the divorce without Apollo's signature.

The docs also include a parenting plan. Phaedra gets physical custody of their 2 kids while Apollo finishes his 8 year bid. When he's out, he'll get visitation, but she gets final say over any parenting disagreements.

Apollo denied knowing anything about the divorce, and even went so far as to file his own petition last week. Clearly, he's got time to kill right now.


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Apollo Nida Phaedra Can't Divorce Me I'm Divorcing HER!

12/2/2016 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-phaedra-parks-apollo-nida-tmz-01Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida are getting divorced -- for REAL this time, according to Apollo, who filed docs from prison.

Apollo filed his divorce petition in Georgia on Thursday ... requesting joint legal custody of their 2 children and an equitable split of their assets. He says they separated in June 2014 after nearly 5 years of marriage.

In the docs, he says they can no longer live together as husband and wife and the union is "irretrievably broken." He doesn't mention the fact he's doing 8 years in a federal pen for financial fraud. 

It's interesting ... Phaedra proudly told us last month her divorce was finalized, but we've never seen any docs to back that up, and Apollo told us that was news to him.

Looks like he wanted it to be over just as badly. As we told you, he's got a new fiancée.

We've reached out to Phaedra. No word back yet.

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Johnny Depp Divorce Amber's Getting $6.8 Million ... She'll Donate It, Eventually

12/1/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1126-amber-heard-johnny-depp-tmz-3bJohnny Depp and Amber Heard finally hammered out their divorce settlement, and the charities she promised to fund will get their cash ... with a slight delay. 

Sources connected to the exes tell us Johnny will pay Amber $6.8 million -- that's the $7 mil originally agreed upon, minus the $200k he already donated to the ACLU and Children's Hospital L.A. in her name. We're told she'll get all the money within about 12 months.

Amber will then follow through on her vow to donate ALL of her settlement dough. We're told she'll make multiple payments to CHLA and the ACLU ... with the plan being to pay the full amount by the end of 2018.

Sources not connected with Amber are scoffing, saying they don't think the charities will ever get the money. 

Bottom line -- Johnny will get a charitable tax write-off for $200k, Amber will write-off her $6.8 mil worth of donations ... and they can both put the nightmare marriage and divorce behind them.

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'Vanderpump Rules' Scheana Shay Files for Divorce

11/30/2016 2:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1130-scheana-marie-mike-shay-TMZ-01Scheana Shay is officially going for the big D ... pulling the plug on her marriage to Michael Shay.

The "Vanderpump Rules" stars have been married for 2 years -- Scheana says she filed divorce docs Wednesday in L.A. She tells TMZ, "We might have failed at our marriage, but we are committed to succeeding as friends and will continue to support each other's personal happiness and professional success."

Everyone saw this coming. We broke the story ... earlier this month, Michael went MIA after she claimed he cleaned out their bank account. He's battled addiction in the past, but claims he's been sober since January. We're told Scheana fears he fell off the wagon.  

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Barry's Bootcamp Founders He's Not Fit for the House ... We Can Split the Rest

11/30/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1128_rachel_John-Mumford_facebookThe ex-couple who founded Barry's Bootcamp got a pretty even split in their divorce with one major exception ... she's getting the keys to the house.

Rachel Mumford filed for divorce from John Mumford back in May 2014, but they just reached a final settlement. They'll share custody, joint and physical, of their 2 teenage kids ... divvy up their bank accounts, and they get an equal share of their interest in the hugely popular fitness biz.

Rachel gets the prize ... their pad in Malibu. The divorce was nasty from the start ... with her dropping allegations of violence and drug abuse.

Took 'em more than 2 years, but it's finally over. Helluva workout ... for the lawyers.

Amber Heard Paid ACLU $350,000

11/28/2016 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1126-amber-heard-johnny-depp-tmz-02Amber Heard paid the ACLU $350,000 3 days after she struck a $7 million settlement deal with Johnny Depp ... TMZ has learned.

Amber said she would give the entire $7 mil to Children's Hospital and the ACLU domestic violence unit, in equal shares, but the deal unraveled after Johnny said he would just give the money directly to both orgs. Johnny paid the first installment of $200k ... $100k to Children's and $100k to the ACLU.

We were told neither org. got any money after that, and the settlement deal still hasn't been signed. 

We've now received an email from the ACLU, in which an ACLU rep acknowledged Amber made a $350k payment on August 19th. A source connected with Amber tells TMZ, she advanced the money, relying on Johnny paying her the settlement. We're told she took steps to send Children's Hospital money but didn't send it because she and Johnny began squabbling over the settlement deal.

As we reported, Amber's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, says he's confident the settlement will be signed this week.

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'How To Get Away With Murder' Star Gets Away With Painless Divorce

11/28/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1123-Charlie-Weber-instagram"How To Get Away With Murder" star Charlie Weber just dodged a bullet ... his divorce is final, and he won't have to pay his ex-wife a lick of spousal support.

The divorce, which Charlie filed, is now final ... a process that took 9 months which is exactly the length of their marriage.

As we previously reported, there was a prenup so there were no issues in the money department. Giselle won't be getting spousal support, but frankly, even if there wasn't a prenup, the marriage was so short she wouldn't have gotten it under any circumstances.

There are no kids either, so it was easy weezy.  

Abby Wambach Fastest Divorce Ever ... Focusing On New Girlfriend

11/26/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1118-abby-wambach-divorce-sarah-huffman-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Well, that was quick ... 

Just weeks after announcing her split, Abby Wambach and Sarah Huffman have already barreled through the divorce process ... and are officially dunzo.

TMZ Sports obtained court documents filed in Oregon which show a judge has signed off on the soccer superstar's divorce from her wife of 3 years.

They filed their initial petition on Sept. 28th -- and it was granted on Oct. 3rd.

Amazing ... considering some celebrity divorces can take YEARS! (Looking at you, Khloe Kardashian). 

Abby has rebounded with Christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton -- and the two are already describing their relationship with the L word ... "LOVE."

Glennon says she is separated from her husband and they're moving toward divorce -- which would obviously set the stage for the two ladies to tie the knot, if they so choose (no pressure).

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Bethenny Frankel Ex-Hubby Says I Need a Relationship with your BF

11/23/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1122_bethenny-frankel-jason_hoppy_tmz_gettyBethenny Frankel's ex-husband is bristling over threats by her current boyfriend to sue him for trashing her in emails, saying he's forced to interact with the BF because the guy's constantly around his daughter.

Jason Hoppy fired off a letter to the lawyer for Dennis Shields, who threatened to sue Hoppy claiming he was sending a flurry of disgusting, harassing emails to Bethenny and cc'ing him.

Hoppy, who Shields claimed sent emails calling Bethenny ugly, old and irrelevant, never specifically disputed the content of what he sent, but he did say, "As a concerned father, I often have to contact others when I cannot reach my daughter through her mother."

Hoppy goes on to say as long as Shields is in his daughter's life, "I have no choice but to have some type of relationship with him."

Short story ... Shields threatened to sue Hoppy if he didn't stop the emails, so it seems like they're gonna have a date in court.

Steve Sarkisian Officially Divorced You Can't Touch My USC Lawsuit Money!

11/23/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1122_STEVE-SARKISIAN_stephanie_tmz_gettyIf Steve Sarkisian wins his $30 MILLION lawsuit against USC, his now ex-wife won't get a dime ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.

Sark's divorce from his longtime wife, Stephanie, has been finalized -- ending their 19 year marriage.

There was a ton of money at stake (he reportedly made more than $10 million coaching at Washington and millions more at USC).

Sources connected to the ex-couple tell us there was a private settlement in regards to the bulk of the family fortune.

When it comes to cars ... he gets the Mercedes, she gets the Land Rover. He also has to cut a 1 time check for $293k as an "equalization payment."

They also agreed on no spousal support, no child support and joint custody of their 3 minor kids.

But get this ... when it comes to Steve's $30 mil wrongful termination suit against USC, the two worked out a deal in which he gets 100% of any judgment if he wins.

It's unclear what he had to give up to keep her hands off any potential judgment, but you can bet it was substantial.

That case is still going on. Meantime, single rich man (and woman) on the market ...

George Harrison's Son My Sweet Lawyer I Really Want a Divorce

11/21/2016 4:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1121-dhani-harrison-sloveig-karadottir-TMZ-GETTY-01George Harrison's son knows all things must pass, including his marriage, which he just filed to end. 

Dhani Harrison is splitting from his wife of 4 years, Solveig "Sola" Karadottir. He filed the divorce petition last week, citing irreconcilable differences ... and based on the docs it could be a cleaner split than the average celeb divorce.

The couple doesn't have any kids, and he says divvying up everything else -- from shared property to spousal support, and even attorney's fees -- will be dictated by their prenup. Harrison's repped by the Disso Queen ... Laura Wasser.

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