Well, the news of the week is the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce. There are all kinds of rumors flying around regarding the reasons, with the most laughable reason being his “pot addiction”. But the ultimate irony (not to mention karma) would be if the rumor is true that he was having an affair with his “Allied’’ co-star Marion Cotillard. It is hard to feel sorry for a wife that got cheated on when the relationship started as an affair. Perhaps she can now understand what she did to Jennifer Aniston all those years ago. I have to think Jennifer Aniston is laughing right now, and lifting her glass to make a toast to karma. It is a sad situation, but predicable. If a person cheats with you, they will also cheat with you.
The part of this divorce however that caught my attention is the custody issue. She wants full custody because she “disapproves of his parenting style”. I have to believe that if he were abusive, verbally or physically, then she would have left him ages ago. Mothers are very protective. So I can only assume that this custody battle is more of a power play, or a way to punish him for cheating. In either case, it happens all too often and people that suffer the most are the children.
Many women (and men) use the children as a weapon against the other parent, which puts the kids in a position they should never be in. A good parent does not see their children as a pawn in a game. They think about what is best for the kids, and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their kids safe and happy. Children are not a weapon meant to be used against their parents, no matter how angry or bitter the person has become.
When two adults have an issue with each other, it should be only with each other. The kids should never have to pay the ultimate price. Let’s hope that both parents in this case are willing to do the right thing, no matter how much damage they have done to each other. We have enough damaged people in this world already, without an angry mother creating 6 more just to get even with a man she once loved.