Brad Pitt hasn't answered Angelina Jolie's divorce petition

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TMZ reports this morning that Brad Pitt does not plan to answer Angelina Jolie's divorce petition because he does not want to "set the stage for a nasty legal battle." The deadline for him to respond was Wednesday. According to TMZ, Pitt and Jolie still disagree about custody of their six children: Jolie wants sole physical custody, and Pitt wants joint custody. Pitt's inaction shows, however, that the estranged couple may be ready to settle matters privately.

Here's the complicating factor: The Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services is still investigating the plane incident that reportedly triggered Jolie to file for divorce. Pitt and Jolie agreed to a temporary custody plan set out by the DCFS, but that deal expired yesterday. DCFS could now make further recommendations or potentially close the case. If the department closes the case, Pitt could decide to respond to Jolie's divorce petition because, as TMZ notes, he would be coming from a stronger negotiating position. People, which has largely served as Pitt's PR vehicle since Jolie filed for divorce, reported earlier this week that "no real progress will be made until both parties receive feedback from the DFCS investigation."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrives at the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are seen after landing at Los Angeles International Airport with their children, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt on February 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: (R-L) Actor Brad Pitt, actress Angelina Jolie and son Maddox Jolie-Pitt arrive at The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governor Awards at Dolby Theatre on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Honoree Angelina Jolie (R) and actor Brad Pitt attend the 2013 Governors Awards, presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California, November 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 19: Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Salt' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: (CHINA OUT) Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt attend the 'World War Z' Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on July 29, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 28: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children Pax, Knox and Vivienne arrive at Tokyo International Airport on July 28, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the screening of the movie 'Inglourious Basterds' directed by US Quentin Tarantino in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2009. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 04: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of 'World War Z' at Sony Centre on June 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 04: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of 'World War Z' at Sony Centre on June 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 04: (IMAGE HAS BEEN PROCESSED USING DIGITAL FILTERS) Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend 'WORLD WAR Z' Germany Premiere at Sony Centre on June 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose upon arrival for the premiere of Jolie's latest movie ''The Tourist'' by German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, on December 15, 2010, in Rome. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 04: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend 'WORLD WAR Z' Germany Premiere at Sony Centre on June 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
US actress and director Angelina Jolie (L) and her partner Brad Pitt pose on the red carpet during the premiere of her film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' in Sarajevo on February 14, 2012. Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said today that her film about the Bosnian war should be a 'wake-up call' for the world to act in time to prevent atrocities like those now happening in Syria. Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt arrived to Sarajevo to attend the premiere of her film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' -- her directorial debut -- to be screened in a sports hall before an expected audience of 5,000 people. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC (Photo credit should read ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images)
American actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in southern Italy during the filming of 'Mr and Mrs Smith', 2004. (Photo by Juergen Vollmer/Redferns/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
US actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie pose for photographers as they arrive for the European premiere of the film 'The Tourist', by German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, in Berlin December 14, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive on the red carpet for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Valerie MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Brad Pitt and his wife, US actress Angelina Jolie, pose on the red carpet before the screening of 'The Tree of Life' presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere Of DreamWorks Animation's 'Kung Fu Panda 2' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. on May 22, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot on black and white film. Color version not available.) Actors Bad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent', starring Angelina Jolie, at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the 'Inglourious Basterds' Premiere at the Theatre Lumiere during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2009 in Cannes, France
PARIS - NOVEMBER 29: Brad Pitt attends the 'Megamind' Paris premiere at Cinema UGC Normandie on November 29, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been processed using digital filters) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Brad Pitt attends 'Fury' Washington DC Premiere at The Newseum on October 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Producer Brad Pitt, winner of Best Picture for '12 Years a Slave', poses in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt during day five of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Cinema for Peace)
341913 01: Actor Brad Pitt in the film 'Meet Joe Black.' (Photo by Liaison)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Producer Brad Pitt, winner of Best Picture for '12 Years a Slave', poses in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Brad Pitt attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's 'Maleficent' are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt arrives on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Brad Pitt attends 'Babel' press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 10, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: (L-R) Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Maleficent' on May 28, 2014 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
US actress and special UN envoy Angelina Jolie (L) and her husband US actor Brad Pitt arrive on the fourth day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 13, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the closing session of the four-day long Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is being co-hosted by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will also appear by video link. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and Actor Brad Pitt attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 13, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 13: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie (L), actor Brad Pitt (R), British Foreign Secretary William Hague (not seen) and his wife Ffion Hague (not seen) attend the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict in London, United Kingdom on June 13, 2014. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Actor Brad Pitt and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie listen to testimonies of victims of violence as they attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 12, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Actor Brad Pitt and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie view photographs of victims of violence as they attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 12, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 23: Angelina Jolie attends 'Maleficent' Japan premiere at Ebisu Garden Place on June 23, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 28: (L-R) Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Maleficent' on May 28, 2014 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive for the world premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent,' May 28, 2014, at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attends 'The Normal Heart' New York Screening at Ziegfeld Theater on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's 'Maleficent' are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 'Maleficent' Costume And Props Private Reception at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 86th Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o (R), winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave,' with director Steve McQueen (C) as actress Angelina Jolie (top L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt (top C) look on during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie attend the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrives at the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt walk the red carpet at the Unbroken world premiere on November 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by KHAP/GG/GC Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt walk the red carpet at the Unbroken world premiere on November 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by KHAP/GG/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and Actor Brad Pitt attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 13, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Ffion Hague, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and Actor Brad Pitt attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 13, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of 'By the Sea' at the 2015 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of 'By the Sea' at the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 held at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD CA - NOVEMBER 5: Director/Actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt attend the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures' 'By the Sea'' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theaters November 5, 2015, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images)
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There is another sign that the estranged couple may be ready to settle the custody disagreement, however. According to TMZ, Pitt met with son Maddox, who was reportedly involved in the plane incident, for the first time on Wednesday.

"Sources connected with Angelina tell us the two met Wednesday afternoon with a therapist present," TMZ reported yesterday. "There had been a plan in place for Brad and Maddox to reunite a while back, but we're told the therapist felt the timing wasn't right. The sources say Brad has had visits with his five other kids before Wednesday, but the face-to-face with Maddox is a turning point."

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