LOS ANGELES -- Rumors are swirling that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have hired a divorce attorney to help them divide custody of their children and significant assets as they part ways.
Most reports are citing a Sunday story by British tabloid News of the World, which claims that the couple has broken up and split custody of their six children and, perhaps, $205 million in assets.
It would bring an end to one of Hollywood's most watched, most passionate, most electrified courtships.
A source told the tabloid that the pair has already signed an agreement to split, with Jolie likely to live with the children full-time.
Three of the couple's children -- Maddox, 8, Pax, 6, and Zahara, 5 -- are adopted, while Shiloh, 3, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 17 months, are their natural children.
The couple had not been seen in public together in recent weeks, with the tabloid reporting they first consulted a high-power, Beverly Hills divorce attorney about the split in December.
But People magazine says sources "close to the family" claim the couple hasn't signed any deal and that the reports of a split are "totally false."
Before his hooking up with Angelina, Pitt, 44, was married to actress Jennifer Aniston, 40. They split in 2005 after four-and-a-half years of marriage.
Pitt was photographed just months later in public with Jolie, whom he had recently filmed "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" with, fueling speculation that a relationship with Jolie contributed to his split from Aniston.
Pitt and Jolie have never married.
Jolie, 34, has been married twice before, to actor Jonny Lee Miller in 1996 for 18 months, and then to actor Billy Bob Thornton for three years in 2000.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times