- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are one of Hollywood’s most media couples. Their divorce and the ongoing battle for custody of children are of great media and fan interest
- Probably now the next stage of the fight between the spouses will begin. A court of appeal in California decided to remove private judge John W. Ouderkirk from the case
- Angelina Jolie filed for this disqualification a year ago, arguing that Ouderkirk was not impartial. It was only thanks to the appeal that it achieved its goal
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Jolie and Pitt have not been married for several years, but there is still a struggle in court for custody of five of the actors’ six children. Less than a year ago, Angelina Jolie demanded that the judge be disqualified. The actress claimed that Ouderkirk had failed to disclose all of his business relationships with Brad Pitt’s lawyers in a timely manner. She also claimed to be a judge he did not inform her attorneys about other matters on which he worked with the exee’s current representatives, which made him “biased”.
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However, Jolie’s claims were not upheld at the time. According to court records, Jolie did not show evidence that would give legal grounds to disqualify the judge. In turn, Pitt’s lawyers decided that the actress deliberately wanted to prolong the ongoing dispute between the ex-spouses, which mainly affects their children.
Jolie’s attorneys appealed and last Friday an appeals court decided to disqualify John W. Ouderkirk, agreeing with Jolie’s suggestion that he had not sufficiently disclosed his business relationship with Pitt’s attorneys.
“Violation of Judge Ouderkirk’s ethics, when considered in conjunction with disclosures relating to his recent professional relationship with Pitt’s attorney, may cause an objective person, aware of all the facts, to have reasonable doubts about the judge’s ability to be impartial. Disqualification is required,” the court ruled. as we read on APNews.com.
Pitt’s attorney, Theodore Boutrous, said claiming the judge’s disqualification was Jolie’s tactic to stem Ouderkirk’s recent preliminary child custody decision. The decision was favorable for Brad Pitt, as it granted custody rights to both parents, half and half. According to the American media, the actress’s lawyers have announced that she will fight to change the sentence, because it is only a preliminary ruling.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Hollywood’s hottest couple
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for 12 years. The loud beginning of their relationship dates back to the filming of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, where they both played the title roles. It was then that the first rumors of their affair appeared. The couple didn’t get married until 2014, and two years later Jolie filed for divorce. The actress’s lawyers have revealed that the reason for the break-up was “irreconcilable differences” in raising children.
The couple have six children. The court dispute concerned custody of 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, 15-year-old Shiloh and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. 19-year-old Maddox decides for himself about contacts with his father, his relationship with his parents is not under trial.