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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, actress Angelina Jolie, right, and actor Brad Pitt arrive before the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Pitt?s manager Cynthia Pett-Dante confirmed their engagement on Friday April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie released their first joint statement


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie released a joint statement Monday night, announcing that they've agreed to seal all documents regarding their divorce. 

This is the first joint statement from the Pitt and Jolie since they announced their divorce in September.  At the time, attorney Robert Offer said in a statement that the "decision was made for the health of the family."

Monday the actors announced that they will by using a private judge to ensure details of the divorce remain confidential.

The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.
Statement from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," the couple said in a statement obtained by CNN.

In 2016, Jolie filed for sole physical custody of their six children, which has become the primary issue with their divorce proceedings. 

Pitt filed a request for an emergency hearing in December, in which he planned to ask a judge to seal all custody-related documents. The request was denied. 

Jolie's representatives claimed that the request was an effort to "shield himself, rather than the minor children, from public view." 

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 before filing for divorce. 

The former couple has an informal custody agreement where Jolie has physical custody of the children and Pitt was given supervised visits. 

Although the actors have maintained low profiles during their divorce proceedings, Pitt made an onstage appearance at the Golden Globes Sunday night. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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