The long drawn custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for their minor children continues. The Daily Mail reported that Brad Pitt’s appeal has been rejected. He had appealed against a ruling that disqualified a judge who was hearing their custody case.
On Wednesday, October 27, the Supreme Court denied a review of the ruling made by an appeals court in June. The appeals court’s decision stated that private judge, John Ouderkirk should be disqualified from hearing the custody case. The judge had failed to sufficiently disclose his business relationships with the attorneys representing Brad Pitt.
This recent decision indicated that a previous ruling that gave Pitt extra time with their children is now voided. The Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood actor and Eternals actress share six children of whom five are minor children.
Vivienne (twin), 13
Knox (twin), 13
Years ago, both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agreed that a private judge John Ouderkirk would hear their divorce case as well as the custody battle for their 5 minor children. In 2019, he ruled that the couple were divorced. However, he separated the child custody issues which have been raging since then.
Incidentally Ouderkirk, who is a former Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, had officiated their wedding in 2014. Two years later, he was hired by the estranged couple to oversee their divorce after Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.
Earlier, Pitt’s attorneys had put forth an argument that Jolie had asked for the judge to be disqualified as he was tentatively favoring Pitt in the custody battle. However, Jolie and her team of lawyers showed that the judge had failed to disclose his business relationship with Pitt’s attorneys. In June, Jolie got a decision in her favor, resulting in the disqualification of judge Ouderkirk.
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