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No one ever wins in a divorce, especially the kids. But add in one of the most public divorces in history, and things get especially tricky. Or at least they do if you’re Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Ever since the couple we thought would grow old together announced they were splitting in September, their kids’ names have been dragged through the headlines too. Probably because having a family of six children is kind of rare these days. But as we head into the holidays the latest headlines — that Pitt may not get to see his kids at Christmas — are incredibly sad.

At first glance it also paints Jolie in a pretty bad light. The first assumption is always that the mother is keeping the kids from their dad. Dig a little further though and the visitation information is right there in the temporary custody agreement: it’s not up to Jolie to determine her ex’s visitation rights, it’s up to a child psychiatrist.

There’s always more to these stories than what we see on the surface, and we do know that Pitt was investigated by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services after a supposed incident on a plane. He was cleared of all charges, but according to various reports he didn’t get to see the kids over Thanksgiving, either. Our question is, why? Obviously there’s something more going on there, and given the way the court proceedings have gone down it isn’t Jolie who’s keeping Pitt away.

Obviously Pitt is “sad and frustrated,” like sources recently told Us Weekly. And of course he’s going to want more time with his kids, as any good father would. But maybe rather than having people talk to the media about it, he could listen to the courts and therapists, and do what they have determined to be in the kids’ “best interests?” And that’s continue to work on the problems at hand. If missing one Christmas (and making it up at a later date) means many more years of a more functioning family unit… well wouldn’t you want that too?

What do we know. We’re still getting over this darned split in the first place. A world without the word “Brangelina” is just freaking weird. Here’s hoping everyone can resolve everything and next Christmas won’t be so darn sad for these kids.