LOS ANGELES (AP) – Angelina Jolie has criticized a judge deciding custody of the child in her divorce from Brad Pitt, saying in a court case that the judge refused to testify about her children.
Jolie, who has tried to disqualify Judge John Ouderkirk from the divorce case, said in Monday’s filing that she refused to hear evidence she says is relevant to the safety and welfare of children before issuing an interim sentence. The documents do not detail what this evidence may be.
“Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, unduly excluding her evidence relevant to the health, safety and welfare of children, fundamental evidence to present her case,” according to the document filed in the second court of law. California Appeal
The actress also said the judge “has not properly considered” a section of the California court code, which she says is detrimental to the best interests of the child if custody is granted to a person with a history of domestic violence. His presentation did not give details on what he was referring to, but his lawyers filed a document closed in March that allegedly provides additional information.
Jolie sought a divorce in 2016, days after there was a disagreement over a private flight carrying the actors and their children from France to Los Angeles. Pitt was charged with abusing his then-15-year-old son during the flight, but the investigations of child welfare officials and the FBI were closed without charges being brought against the actor. Jolie’s lawyer said at the time that she was seeking a divorce “for the health of the family.”
His new case says the judge “refused to hear the contributions of juvenile teens about their experiences, needs, or desires about their custody destination,” citing a California code that says a child 14 years of age or older you should be able to declare if you want.
Three of Jolie and Pitt’s six children are teenagers, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, and Shiloh, 14. The eldest, Maddox, is 19 and not subject to custody decision. They also have 12-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox.
In response to Jolie’s presentation, Pitt’s attorneys said, “Ouderkirk has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a fair and thorough manner and has reached an interim sentence and order after hearing experts and witnesses. peripients “.
Pitt’s record said the judge found Jolie’s testimony “lacked credibility in many important areas and that the existing custody order between the parties should be amended, at Mr. Pitt’s request, in in the best interest of the children “.
He says Jolie’s objections and new delays in reaching an agreement “would cause serious harm to the children, who will be denied permanence and stability.”
It is unclear what the current custody arrangement is because the court seals most of the files. When the divorce process began, Pitt applied for joint custody and Jolie applied for primary physical custody, meaning the children would live more than half the time with her. But changes have been made that have not been made public.
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Peter Harvey, Jolie’s lawyer, who is close to the case but not directly involved, said the actress “supports joint custody,” but the situation is complicated and she can’t go into details because the proceedings courts are closed.
Divorce lawyers on both sides declined to comment on the new filings.
Harvey told The Associated Press that Jolie’s family struggles have prompted her to take a more active role in changing the law’s approach to custody.
“Ma’am. Jolie has been working privately for four and a half years to heal her family and fight to improve the system to ensure other families don’t experience what her family has suffered,” said Harvey, a former attorney general. from New Jersey that I have been working with Jolie on policy issues.
Jolie has tried to disqualify Ouderkirk, a private judge she and Pitt chose to maintain their privacy, arguing that she has an inappropriate business relationship with one of Pitt’s lawyers.
She told the archive on Monday that if the interim custody decision is final for Ouderkirk, he will appeal it.
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Jolie, 45, and Pitt, 57, were one of Hollywood’s most prominent couples for 12 years. They had been married for two years when Jolie filed for divorce. They were declared divorced in April 2019, after their lawyers applied for a sentence that allowed a married couple to be declared unmarried while other issues remained, including finances and child custody.
Gecker reported from San Francisco.