Brad Pitt reportedly argued in new court docs that Angelina Jolie should not have been given full custody of their kids, citing ‘an administrative error’ by the court.
Brad Pitt, 57, is asking the California Supreme Court to review his ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie, 46, after the actress was recently handed a big win in the case. In court documents filed on Aug. 31 by Brad’s legal team, the Ocean’s Thirteen actor argued that Angelina was unfairly given full custody of their five minor children when Judge John Ouderkirk was disqualified from overseeing the custody battle back in July 2021. HollywoodLife can confirm that these legal docs were filed, and we’ve also reached out to both Brad and Angelina’s reps for comment.
Brad was granted joint custody of the former couple’s children back in May 2021. However, Angelina vehemently fought that decision, and California’s Second District Court of Appeal eventually removed Judge Ouderkirk from the case in July 2021 and thus undid his prior rulings. In the court docs, Brad reportedly said that that decision to disqualify Judge Ouderkirk was a “dangerous” ruling that was made due to an “administrative error.” Overall, Brad and his legal team are asking California’s top court to review that ruling.
Judge Ouderkirk’s disqualification was a big win for Angelina. The Maleficent star’s legal team argued that Judge Ouderkirk was withholding information on other legal proceedings involving Brad’s legal counseling, and thus should be removed from the case. On July 23, a panel of three appellate judges found that Judge Ouderkirk — who married Brad and Angelina back in 2014 — “violated his ethical obligations” and disqualified him. A spokesperson for Brad responded to Angelina’s court victory at the time, telling HollywoodLife, “The appeals court ruling was based on a technical procedural issue, but the facts haven’t changed. There is an extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the judge – and the many experts who testified – to reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children’s best interests.”
Brad and Angelina’s custody battle involves their five minor children: Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. Their eldest child, Maddox, 20, is no longer part of the custody case due to being legally an adult. The exes, formerly known as “Brangelina,” originally linked up romantically in 2005. They married in Aug. 2014, before splitting just two years later.
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