According to People, the legal term for gaining single status before a divorce is finalized is called bifurcation, and apparently the actors requested that it happen. Of Jolie and Pitt’s official single status, a source allegedly told People, “Both parents are focused on what’s best for the kids.”
Jolie and Pitt met while making the 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. They went public with their relationship in the summer of 2005, after Pitt’s split from Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Jolie have six children together—17-year-old Maddox, 15-year-old Pax, 14-year-old Zahara, 12-year-old Shiloh, 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
“We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court—it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.