The actor refuses to "play dirty," a source told Us Weekly in its newest issue, but added that there is a lot of "bad blood" between he and his estranged wife.
The source goes to say that Angie is "seething" throughout the divorce proceedings and Brad is "frustrated."
"Brad just wants to work through everything and get to a place where there can be some certainty about what's going on," the source told the mag. "The kids are the only thing he's hanging on to."
The couple share six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. And, despite the fact they're in family counseling, there is zero talk of reconciliation between the parents.
The Us report, which is fairly favorable to Brad, said that something he did made Angie "very pissed off," which was the final straw that made her file for divorce.
"There is so much stuff on Angelina but Brad just doesn't want to go there," the source added, but didn't elaborate on that "stuff." "He told his team he doesn't want to play dirty."
Things between the once happy couple seem to be getting a little more volatile by the day. Shortly after Angie filed, Brad voluntarily submitted to a drug and alcohol test early on during his child abuse investigation. Multiple reports indicate that he came back clean.
The actor is accused of attacking his eldest son Maddox on an airplane, a claim he vehemently denies. Sources close to Brad have claimed that he admits to losing his temper, but denied ever getting physical.
Just last week, a temporary deal was struck between the estranged exes in regards to the custody of their children. According to TMZ, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services gave the duo the option of fighting out their battle in court or agreeing with its recommendations, which involve therapy and drug testing. Brad and Angie went with option B.
Under the terms of the temporary agreement, Angelina got full physical custody of the kids. He gets visitation, but has to bring along a therapist on his first visit, who can then decide if he gets unmonitored visits after that. Brad is also subject to random drug/alcohol testing. Brad, Angelina and the kids were also ordered to undergo family counseling together. The deal is good until Oct. 20.
They reportedly still need to work out the details regarding permanent financial support and any property splits.
"The hope is that this period of time will lead them to being able to resolve things without the involvement of the courts," Us' source claimed.