The custody battle for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has been anything but easy since their divorce was finalized in 2019. Now a document uncovered shows the battle was almost even more complicated.
Jolie’s lawyers filed a document in December 2020 claiming that three of her six children with Pitt wanted to testify against him during the proceedings. Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, share six children: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
The documents did not indicate which of the three children had asked to testify against their father, but noted that “the children in custody are old enough to understand what is going on.”
“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 null procedure is beyond unjustified. It’s cruel “, the document obtained by Us weekly read.
The document was filed as part of the Maleficent the star’s continued attempt to have Judge John Ouderkerk removed from the case due to his alleged ties to her ex-husband’s legal team.
In May, Ouderkerk decided to give Pitt joint custody of the children, but Jolie wants him removed from the case because she felt the courts had betrayed her by not letting her children testify.
Jolie’s lawyers argued that the children should not have been able to want to testify because the judge should have been disqualified.
According to court records, a hearing in the Jolie and Pitt case is scheduled for July 9. Jolie would like to use the appeal to “demonstrate a clear, reversible and prejudicial legal error” on the part of Ouderkirk.
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The separation and subsequent divorce proceedings for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie date back to 2016, following the private jet fight that took place between Pitt and his adopted son with Jolie, Maddox. Now, after five years of legal battles, Pitt has been granted joint custody of the former couple’s children (with the exception of Maddox, who is now of legal age).
Jolie, for her part, argues that she was denied a fair trial. His request stems from the fact that the judge in charge of the case decided not to allow the children themselves to testify.
Judge John Ouderkirk (the same judge who officiated the Jolie-Pitt marriage in 2014) has been hired to privately arbitrate the divorce and custody proceedings. His decision is “tentative,” said a source who spoke with PageSix, adding that Jolie will challenge the decision in an appeals court.
PA reports that Jolie’s complaint centers on Judge Ouderkirk “refusing to hear comments from underage adolescents about their experiences, needs or wishes with respect to their custody.”
Under California law, when the case is heard, any child over the age of 14 who wishes to testify is legally permitted to do so. Only the Jolie-Pitt twins, Vivienne and Knox, are too young to do this.
“Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, wrongly excluding her evidence regarding the health, safety and welfare of children, evidence essential to pleading her case,” reads the appeal filed by the Jolie’s legal team.
Confusingly, shared custody may not be his main concern. “Shared custody is not the issue Angelina opposes, there were other areas of concern, but court proceedings are closed and sealed,” a second revealed. PageSix The source.
What is known is that testimony was given on the issue of domestic violence and that Pitt was under investigation following the plane incident.
This resulted in a “safety order surrounding previous custody arrangements,” the source explained, “ie public, and the children’s schedule is set under the jurisdiction of the family services division. for over three years “.
Pitt argues that an ongoing legal battle and lack of resolution “would seriously harm children, who would be further denied permanence and stability,” which is hard to dispute. Any long legal battle between parents will negatively affect children – which seems to be a glaring reason for allowing them to speak on their own behalf about their personal thoughts and feelings with the very man who presides over their case and their future.
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