Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce drama took a decidedly messy turn Thursday, with multiple outlets reporting the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County is conducting an inquiry into allegations that the actor was involved in an incident with a child.
Citing the law's privacy ramifications, a spokesperson for the DCFS could not confirm or deny to E! News if there is an active investigation taking place. The FBI has not launched an investigation at this time, and a representative for the LAPD told E! News police are not investigating allegations of child abuse.
Unconfirmed reports aside, how could said allegations impact Pitt in his forthcoming divorce settlement? Legal expert Troy Slaten talks to E! News about the latest development in the former couple's saga, weighing in on every unanswered question from Jolie's sole physical custody request to Pitt's current accessibility to their six children.
As for how an investigation would affect Brad and Angie's divorce, Slaten tells us, "It wouldn't affect any monetary settlement between the two as far as the community property is concerned. But it would certainly affect who gets physical custody and even legal custody." As Slaten explains, legal custody refers to decision-making and physical custody refers to which parent or guardian is taking care of the kids.