Wednesday May 26, 2021
Jolie attacks family judge
Brad Pitt wins stage in custody
The former dream couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has long since divorced. But the controversy over child custody goes into the next round. Because a judge ruled in favor of the father, the actress now attacks him. She demands that the underage children appear in court.
In the custody dispute with the former Hollywood dream couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, a judge initially approved Pitt – and thus angered Jolie. Judge John Ouderkirk saw an extension of Pitt’s custody rights for the five underage biological and adopted children of the ex-couple provisionally justified. This is evident from court documents. The new regulation is not yet legally binding, and Jolie has also filed an objection.
Pitt and Jolie met in 2005 while filming the film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and married in 2014 after a long relationship. Two years later, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. She demanded sole custody of the three birth children and the three adopted children, who are now between 12 and 19 years old. Since then, negotiations have been going on in court about the division of custody and finances. At 19, the eldest son Maddox is no longer part of the custody disputes.
Jolie asks the children to be heard in court
Judge Ouderkirk had, to their detriment, not allowed their eligible children to testify, Jolie said, according to court documents from which the British “Guardian” quoted and which were submitted to an appeals court in California. A statement by the children Pax (17), Zahara (16) and Shiloh (14) was possible because a court code allows this for children over the age of 14, according to the document.
“Judge Ouderkirk has denied a fair trial to Ms. Jolie and wrongly excluded evidence that is relevant to the health, safety and welfare of the children, which is vital to her case,” it continues. The documents did not reveal what evidence was involved. According to the Code, it is detrimental to a child if custody goes to a person who has used domestic violence, Jolie’s side said. No further details were given here either.
Pitt: Jolie’s statement is not credible
Pitt’s attorneys have already responded, stating that Ouderkirk has “conducted a comprehensive trial in a thorough, fair manner” over the past six months and, after hearing experts and witnesses, “made a preliminary decision and order”. The Pitt file states that the judge found that Jolie’s testimony “was not credible in many important areas and that the existing custody decision between the parties must be changed at Mr Pitt’s request in the best interests of the children.” What the custody agreement currently looks like is not known as the court seals most of the documents. According to the “Guardian”, Jolie is said to have demanded sole custody at the beginning of the proceedings, Pitt demanded joint custody.
In 2016, after the separation, there should have been investigations against Pitt on allegations of child abuse, which, according to US media reports, were discontinued by the responsible department for child and family affairs in Los Angeles. The trigger is said to have been a dispute between Brad Pitt and Maddox.