Angelina Jolie and Brad pitt have been locked in a custody battle since their divorce was finalized in 2019, and a recently uncovered document shows the fight could have been even more complicated.
Lawyers for Maleficent star, 46, filed a document in December 2020 claiming that three of his six children with Pitt, 57, wanted to testify against him during the proceedings. The former couple share Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
“The children whose custody is in question are old enough to understand what is happening”, document obtained by Us weekly bed. “The trial will necessarily impact them emotionally. Three of the children asked to testify. To put one of the children through what can be a futile and empty procedure is more than unfair. It’s cruel. “
The document was filed as part of Jolie’s continuing attempt to remove Judge John Ouderkerk from the case due to his alleged ties to Pitt’s legal team. Lawyers for the actress argued that the children shouldn’t even have been put in a position to want to testify because the judge should have been disqualified.
the Salt the star first attempted to have Ouderkerk removed in August 2020, claiming the judge did not disclose “ongoing business and professional relationships” with the Silver ball the star’s lawyers. Two months later, however, her claim was denied and the judge remained on the case.
Earlier this year, Jolie filed additional documents alleging the judge refused to hear evidence she believed relevant to the case, including testimony from her children. “Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, wrongly excluding her evidence regarding the health, safety and well-being of children, which is essential evidence to make her case,” the documents said.
Maddox, who is 19 and is therefore no longer a minor, testified against his father in March. “It wasn’t very flattering to Brad,” a source said We of the adolescent’s testimony. “He doesn’t use Pitt as a last name on documents that aren’t legal and instead uses Jolie. Maddox wants to legally change her last name to Jolie, which Angelina said she doesn’t support.
In May, Ouderkerk issued an interim custody order granting the couple joint custody of the children. A source said We when the Eternals The star was “bitterly disappointed” with the decision and planned to use “all she has” to fight the arrangement.
According to court records, a hearing is scheduled for July 9. The activist wants to use the appeal to “demonstrate a clear, reversible and damaging legal error” on the part of Ouderkirk. Jolie’s appeal will be heard by a three-judge panel and lawyers for both sides will have time to present their arguments.
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez
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