A new update on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s ongoing legal battle just revealed that their minor children would not be able to testify during their divorce trial. Let’s get into what Angelina thinks of the judge’s decision. In case you forgot, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did split up back in 2016, they’ve been in ongoing contentious court battles ever since.
The two were legally declared single in 2019, but their divorce proceedings over things like the custody of their children and some shared assets have not yet been resolved. And back in March of this year, it was revealed that Angelina invoked past domestic violence allegations against Brad in court docs.
With these documents, Angelina also agreed to provide testimony herself, along with a separate filing concerning the “testimony of their minor children.” At the time, The Blast reported that both Brad and Angelina must grant permission for the court to involve their minor kids in their divorce proceedings.
It was also stated that their oldest child Maddox could also testify in the trial, but since he is over 18, he would not need parental consent. Though now, the Associated Press is reporting that Angelina’s representatives just filed new paperwork suggesting the trial judge is not allowing her kids to testify in her divorce case from Brad.
Additionally, Us Weekly reported that the judge ruled in favor of Brad Pitt to share joint custody of their six children. After months of back and forth, Judge John Ouderkirk issued a tentative custody order ruling that the exes will split time with their children.
According to Us Weekly, the court docs said that Angelina’s testimony “…lacked credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr. Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children.” With this, Angelina is claiming that Judge Ouderkirk denies her a fair trial. Fans recall that Angelina has actually had an issue with this judge for months.
At one point, she even tried to remove him from the trial altogether because the judge allegedly has a business relationship with one of Brad’s attorneys, and he failed to disclose this information in a timely manner.
AP is now reporting that the new docs Angelina’s reps filed state that quote, “Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case.” She also cited a California code that says a child 14 or over should be allowed to testify if they want to.
This would allow three of Brad and Angelina’s six children, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, and 14-year-old Shiloh, to testify. As of now, 19-year-old Maddox is not subject to the custody decision, and it seems he will still be able to testify as a legal adult.
But Angelina claims that the judge has “failed to adequately consider” that it could be against the best interest of their children if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence.
Angelina’s most recent docs didn’t list additional details about what she was referring to, but the docs her lawyers filed back in March made it clear that she is “ready and willing to offer proof and authority in support of alleged domestic violence.” And so, AP reported that in this week’s filing, Angelina states that if the tentative custody decision is made final by Judge Ouderkirk, she will appeal it.
This means their ongoing court proceedings will likely only continue, despite Angelina saying that further delays in reaching an arrangement would “work grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability.” So how long could this all go on for? Well, earlier this year, a lawyer spoke to the Daily Mail and revealed that Angelina and Brad could, unfortunately, be in court for many more years.
Divorce attorney Kelly Chang Rickert spoke to the outlet saying, “Their youngest kids, twins Knox and Vivienne, are 12 so this could go on another six years until they reach
the age of majority at 18. I’ve definitely had cases go on and on and on until the kids are adults.” And with these new filings this week, it definitely seems like that could be the case.
We will keep you updated if we hear anything else about their upcoming court hearing and whether or not it looks like they will be able to reach a resolution any time soon.
For now, if you want more on Angelina Jolie, stay here to find out why she was recently covered in bees. Then hop to the comments and let me know all your thoughts on this possibly lasting another six years.