Brad Pitt Just Scored a Major Victory In His Neverending Divorce From Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still in the middle of their nasty divorce four years after their split. Judge John W. Ouderkirk has already granted the couple a bifurcation, making them both legally single. But they are still working out the details on financial assets and child custody. The latest ruling in their case was a big win for Pitt. But insiders say that the couple is at a “total impasse” and “there’s no end in sight.”
Brad Pitt wants joint 50/50 custody of the Jolie-Pitt children
Pitt and Jolie were supposed to be in court this week for a hearing, but it was delayed. According to Entertainment Tonight, one of the topics on the agenda was Pitt’s desire for joint custody of the children.
“Brad is asking for 50/50 custody to be put in place and stay in place,” an insider claimed. “Angelina wants to be fair when it comes to custody. She is very structured with the children. Brad has high hopes [they can] try to make it work because of the importance of co-parenting.”
Pitt and Jolie reached a temporary custody agreement in November 2018. However, they’ve struggled to work out a permanent arrangement. The insider says that Pitt has been respectful of Jolie’s parenting.
Even though he doesn’t agree with everything, he knows that she loves their kids and wants what’s best for them. However, the Oscar winner also knows that “his love and presence are needed.”
The source claims Pitt has done everything he can to avoid “a court situation.” But he wants more time with his kids, and feels he has no other choice.
Will the former couple’s past co-stars be dragged into the divorce?
The couple formally known as Brangelina has been legally separated since 2016. They were together for a decade before their split, and their relationship included two years of marriage and six children.
Jolie and Pitt are the parents of Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. When they go to trial to finalize custody, the hearing could involve at least one of Jolie’s former co-stars.
According to Cinema Blend, Pitt filed his witness list for the case last week. It featured therapists, psychologists, security consultants, and one of Jolie’s former co-stars. On the list was Jillian Armenante, who appeared in A Mighty Heart and Girl, Interrupted.
It’s not clear how Armenante is involved in the case, or why Pitt included her on the witness list. But it is very clear that Jolie doesn’t agree to Pitt’s request for 50/50 joint custody. She also opposes her children being based in Los Angeles for school.
Pitt and Jolie were supposed to resolve their dispute between October 5 and October 23. With the delay, it’s possible more former co-stars could get involved in the case.
Brad Pitt just scored a major victory in the bitter divorce case
An insider recently told Us Weekly that “tensions have escalated” between Pitt and Jolie and the family is no longer in therapy. This could be one of the reasons Jolie suddenly called for the removal of Judge Ouderkirk.
According to The Daily Mail, Jolie’s legal team requested Judge Ouderkirk’s removal in August after they discovered he had previously worked with Pitt’s attorneys. Ouderkirk is a private judge who officiated Jolie and Pitt’s wedding ceremony. But he also worked with Pitt’s lawyers in a case involving Modern Family creator Steve Levitan.
Jolie’s legal team claimed that Ouderkirk “failed to disclose ongoing business and professional relationships” he had with Pitt’s lawyers. She didn’t think he could make a fair ruling and asked for his removal.
Pitt called his ex’s move a “hail Mary” and accused her legal team of making a “transparently tactical gambit” to delay the case. He also noted that the people “hurt most” by the holdup are their children.
Recent court documents reveal that Judge Ouderkirk is still assigned to the case for all purposes – a big win for Pitt.