A huge win comes for Brad Pitt after nearly five years in the custody battle with Angelina Jolie. According to sources, after five years of the custody battle, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce have got a tentative ruling for Brad, allowing him to give more time to the children. Although the decision is not final yet.
“[Brad] has always been seeking the opportunity to have more time with his children and prioritized their wellbeing,” a source close to the actor tells Yahoo. “The judge ruled in his favor and significantly modified the customary order to significantly increase his time with the kids”.
A source close to Jolie tells People, “joint custody is not the issue that Angelina objects to, there were other issues of concern, but the court proceedings are closed and sealed”. She has also called out to the judge for being improper and unfair in the trial. The actress criticized him for refusing to let their three teenage children testify in the custody battle.
The pair shares 6 children together. Their oldest son, Maddox is not a part of the custody battle as he is 19 now. However, the other children are still minors and the decision affects them highly. The youngest ones are 12-year-old, twins Vivienne and Knox, 14-year-old, Shiloh, 16-year-old, Zahara and 17-year-old, Pax.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s custody battle is unfair
According to the documents obtained by Associated Press, Angelina Jolie had claimed that the judge would not allow their three teenage children to testify in her and Brad Pitt’s divorce. “Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case,” the document claimed in California’s Second District Court of Appeal.
Jolie claims that the trial is unfair due to Judge Ouderkirk’s “repeat-customer relationship” with Pitt’s attorney. In August 2020, she even tried to remove him from the Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt divorce case. She had alleged that the judge “has failed to adequately consider” a California courts code that says it’s “detrimental to the best interest of the child if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence”. Although she hadn’t specified the claims behind the domestic violence.
According to sources from HollywoodLife, “Brad’s sole goal is to be able to see the kids”. The insider also told, “his priority is what’s best for the kids and spending more time with them. Angelina’s priority is to prevent them from spending time with Brad“. However, the actor was investigated for child abuse back in 2016 after an incident with their son Maddox Jolie Pitt. But in November he got clearance by the Department of Child and Family Services AND the FBI.
The Judge “refused to hear the minor teenagers”
In the current document, Angelina Jolie has also pointed out that the judge “refused to hear the minor teenagers’ input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes as to their custody fate”. However, California court allows children over 14 to testify in divorce cases. Sources close to the pair say that “any decision made by the judge about the children not testifying was made after experts spoke to the kids and decided what was best for them.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had been in a custody battle since their divorce in September 2016.
In response to Angelina Jolie’s claims, Brad Pitt’s attorney said, “Ouderkirk has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a thorough, fair manner and reached a tentative ruling and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses”. He also claimed that Jolie’s testimony “lacked credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr. Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children.”
The document further says that a delay in reaching a decision would “work grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability”. Although sources close to the Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt divorce says, “Ms. Jolie has been working privately for four and a half years to both heal her family and to fight for improvements to the system to ensure that other families do not experience what hers has endured.” This statement was given by Peter Harvey, an attorney and former attorney general of New Jersey, who is working with the actress on the policy issues.