Brad Pitt challenges Angelina Jolie’s successful custody in new courtroom listening to

Brad Pitt has filed a motion with the California Supreme Court to review his latest ruling that resulted in his being stripped of a 50-50 custody agreement in his legal battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.

In late July, the California 2nd District Court of Appeals described the conduct of a private judge as an “ethical violation” in the Jolie and Pitt divorce case, earning Jolie a major victory in her custody battle.

The appeals court agreed with Jolie, who said Judge John W. Ouderkirk had failed to adequately disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys.

“Judge Ouderkirk’s ethical violation, along with information about his recent professional relationships with Pitt’s attorney, may reasonably cast doubt on the judge’s ability to be impartial to an objective person who knows all the facts. Disqualification is required.” “Said the court at the time.

But Pitt is now seeking a review of the “dangerous” verdict, which his legal team has insisted will harm only the five minor children he is seeking joint custody of.

“We are moving to the California Supreme Court for review because the mutually appointed and repeatedly renewed interim judge was wrongly disqualified following a detailed, fact-based detention decision following a lengthy trial involving multiple witnesses and experts,” said Pitt’s attorney Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. in a statement to Newsweek.

Brad Pitt (L) has petitioned Brad Pitt for the California Supreme Court to review his ruling on his custody battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie (R) in which he lost a 50-50 preliminary agreement after a private judge, who handled the case was disqualified.
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The statement went on to say: “The lower court ruling will reward parties who lose custody of children and tolerate their playfulness by allowing them to wait and examine the likely direction of the case before moving to disqualify the judge .

“Tolerating the use of this type of strategic ‘lie’ disqualification challenge will cause irreparable harm to both the children and families involved in this case and other families in other cases by making these disputes unnecessary in an already congested framework court system is extended.

“Allowing this kind of nifty litigation strategy will take away the irreplaceable time with their children from parents as judges will be disqualified for minor reasons during their cases.

“The lower court ruling is bad for children and bad for California’s overburdened judicial system.”

The former couple, known as Brangelina, announced the end of their marriage in September 2016 – two years after they tied the knot in August 2014.

The end of their marriage sparked a protracted custody battle over their children, sons Maddox (20) and Pax (17); Daughters Zahara (16), Shiloh (15) and the 13-year-old fraternal twins Vivienne and Knox.

Celebrities are often known to hire their own judge to help increase privacy in their divorce proceedings.

While Jolie and Pitt were declared divorced in 2019, they continued to iron out other issues, including child custody and wealth.

If the current verdict stands, Pitt and Jolie face the arduous task of starting their custody battle all over again.

Newsweek has reached out to a representative for Angelina Jolie for comment.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are with their children Pax Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt on February 5th after landing at Los Angeles International Airport to see 2014
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