Jolie filed for divorce on Monday after two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple had been together for 10 years before tying the knot in 2014.
Sources said Jolie took the decision because she wasn’t happy with Pitt’s parenting ways.
Her attorney Laura Wasser stated, “This decision was made for the health of the family.
“She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time,” said Laura, who has earlier represented Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Reynolds and Heidi Klum.
According to court documents, Jolie, 41, has asked for physical custody of the couple’s shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights, reported People magazine.
In his statement, Pitt said, “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
A source close to the situation said, “Both Pitt, 52, and Jolie care very much about their kids and there is sadness on both sides.”
Another insider said, “The divorce is a complete shock. They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it’s still a shock. They just celebrated their wedding anniversary together.”