Brad Pitt challenges Angelina Jolie in custody case

Lawyers representing Brad Pitt are challenging Angelina Jolie‘s recent win in the former couple’s child custody case.

A petition was filed with the California Supreme Court for review after Judge John Ouderkirk was disqualified from the custody case, effectively reversed a previous ruling that granted Pitt, 57, more time with their children.

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Pitt’s representatives argued that the 46-year-old actress should not have been granted custody of the couple’s children due to an “administrative error”, according to court documents obtained by multiple outlets.

The petition argues that disqualifying Ouderkirk “effectively upended the constitutionally authorised temporary judging system in California” and now “throws open the door to disqualification challenges at any point during a case, even if the party raising the motion has long been on notice about the alleged grounds for disqualification.”

“In so doing, the opinion is guaranteed to fuel disqualification gamesmanship and raises serious questions as to whether the temporary judging system is a viable option in California’s severely backlogged judicial system,” the petition reads.

Jolie and Pitt were already ruled divorced by Judge Ouderkirk in April 2019 after being asked by their lawyers for a judgment that allowed them to be declared single although other issues remained, including finances and child custody.

The Maleficent star petitioned the court in August of last year to have Ouderkirk remove himself on the basis that he had not previously disclosed sufficiently that he had a business relationship with one of Pitt’s lawyers.

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In a statement to the media, Pitt’s lawyers said, “We are seeking review in the California Supreme Court because the temporary judge, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by both sides, was improperly disqualified after providing a detailed, fact-based custodial decision, following a lengthy legal process with multiple witnesses and experts.”

The Those Who Wish Me Dead star filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016 after two years of marriage. The pair officially divorced in April 2019, after a judge allowed them to be declared single while other issues remained, including finances and child custody.

Jolie and Pitt share six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. The pair’s eldest son, Maddox, is considered a legal adult, so he is not subject to the custody decision.

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