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Brad Pitt recordsdata for assessment in custody battle with Angelina Jolie following disqualification of personal choose

Brad Pitt has filed a petition with the California Supreme Court docket, difficult a choice made in his custody battle along with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie.

The actor filed a petition for assessment of the case on Tuesday, court docket information obtained by Fox Information present. Within the submitting, Pitt’s authorized crew argues that the 2nd District Court docket of Attraction’s ruling to disqualify a personal choose within the case – a earlier request from Jolie’s aspect – “successfully upended the constitutionally approved short-term judging system in California and generated widespread confusion, uncertainty, and instability for judges, litigants, and the California judicial system as an entire.”

In July, Choose John Ouderkirk was disqualified from the custody case, securing a win for Jolie. The choice meant the custody battle the 2 have been locked in over their 5 minor kids may very well be beginning over.

On the time, Jolie’s authorized crew argued that Ouderkirk didn’t sufficiently disclose his enterprise relationships with Pitt’s attorneys.


“Choose Ouderkirk’s moral breach, thought of along with the data disclosed regarding his current skilled relationships with Pitt’s counsel, would possibly trigger an goal particular person, conscious of all of the info, moderately to entertain a doubt as to the choose’s means to be neutral. Disqualification is required,” the court docket dominated.

Angelina Jolie dropped Brad Pitt's last name.

Angelina Jolie dropped Brad Pitt’s final title. (Getty)

In an announcement to Fox Information on Thursday, Pitt’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., stated: “We’re in search of assessment within the California Supreme Court docket as a result of the short-term choose, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by each side, was improperly disqualified after offering an in depth, fact-based custodial choice, following a prolonged authorized course of with a number of witnesses and specialists.

“The decrease court docket’s ruling will reward events who’re shedding little one custody circumstances, and condone their gamesmanship, by permitting them to attend and see in regards to the possible course of the case earlier than in search of the disqualification of the choose.  Condoning the usage of one of these strategic ‘lie in wait’ disqualification problem will trigger irreparable hurt to each the youngsters and households concerned on this case, and different households in different circumstances, by unnecessarily prolonging the decision of those disputes in an already overburdened court docket system. Permitting this type of artful litigation technique will deprive dad and mom of irreplaceable time with their kids as judges are disqualified for minor causes within the midst of their circumstances. 


“The decrease court docket’s ruling is dangerous for youngsters and dangerous for California’s overburdened judicial system,” Boutrous Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP concluded.

Legal professionals for Jolie didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ request for remark however in an announcement on Wednesday, the actress’s lawyer, Robert A. Olson, instructed Leisure Tonight: “The Court docket of Attraction unanimously refused to tolerate the moral violations of the personal choose who had heard custody issues, and appropriately vacated that choose’s orders.

“Mr. Pitt’s counsel’s petition to the California Supreme Court docket shows how they’re clinging to this personal choose who exhibited bias and refused statutorily required proof. It’s disturbing that in full information of unethical conduct, and having beforehand did not disclose their new and ongoing monetary relationships with him, Mr. Pitt’s counsel would search to reinstate the personal choose.


“Ms. Jolie hopes Mr. Pitt will as an alternative be a part of together with her in specializing in the youngsters’s wants, voices, and therapeutic,” the assertion concluded.

Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, have been married for 2 years when Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. They have been declared divorced in April 2019.

The previous couple share six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. Maddox is exempt from the custody battle as he is not a minor. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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