A California appeals court disqualified the private judge in charge of separating the stars who now dispute the guardianship of their six children.
American actress Angelina Jolie won a legal battle with her ex-husband and partner Brad Pitt on Friday when a judge overseeing the children's divorce and custody was disqualified.
The superstar, who has six children and was once Hollywood's most beloved couple, ended their marriage in 2016 and has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since.
In May, a judge appointed to rule on their separation (and who also served at their wedding in France in 2014), seeking maximum access to children, an initial restraining order in Pitt's favor. I changed.
On Friday, however, the California Court of Appeals ruled that Judge John Ouderkirk had taken advantage of another job with Pitt's lawyers and had not previously reported him, so he was disqualified from the case. ۔
The decision means the case will start with another judge.
Julie and Pitt became a couple after working as a killer couple in the 2004 film "Mr and Mrs Smith". At the time, he was married to "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston.
In 2018, the couple announced that they had reached an agreement on the children, which nonetheless appears to have fizzled out. The terms of the initial deal are unknown, but the media reports that Pitt was seeking joint custody while Jolie wanted it to herself.
THE MAY DECISION
Brad Pitt was found in joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie in May after a lengthy court battle.
The 57-year-old actor had been fighting his 45-year-old ex-wife in court for nearly five years for equal rights in raising children and eventually succeeded despite Jolie's attempts to prevent it.
Judge John Ouderkirk, the private judge hired by the former couple to handle the divorce case, made his thoughts clear in a recent lengthy ruling, after months of witness testimony, including child services professionals who interviewed the children. Of the actors and other people who have been around the family.
There was a significant change in the detention agreements based on a very detailed decision by the judge. Brad was trying to spend as much time with his children as possible, and it is clear that he did his best to avoid it. He added that there were many witnesses, specialists, physicians, and others who were with and around the children, and the decision was based on that.
Another source close to the issue added that Julie has continued her legal battle. The insider said joint custody was not an issue that Angelina opposed, and there were other concerns, but the trial was closed and sealed.