By Jodi Guglielmi
October 06, 2016 at 07:28 PM EDT
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Brad Pitt has reunited with his children.

“Brad has spent some wonderful time with children recently,” a source with knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE.

This is the first time Pitt, 52, has seen his children since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19.

The L.A. Department of Children and Family Services has maintained an open investigation following allegations Pitt was verbally abusive and got physical with their oldest son, Maddox, during a fight on the family’s private plane.

“Brad loves his children more than anything in this world, and they matter more than anything else to him,” a Pitt source told PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “He will do whatever it takes to be with them, now and always.”

According to the temporary plan both Jolie and Pitt agreed to that was recommended by DCFS, a therapist was likely present when Pitt met with his children for the first time.

Jolie requested sole physical custody of their six children in her divorce filing with visitation for Pitt, while Pitt wants shared custody.

Until the DCFS recommended plan ends on Oct. 20, both Pitt and Jolie will undergo individual counseling, along with family therapy. Pitt will also continue voluntary drug and alcohol testing.