Angelina Jolie Wants To "Move Forward Cooperatively" After Brad Pitt Custody Battle

In September, attorneys for Pitt petitioned the high court to đánh giá the case after Judge John Ouderkirk was disqualified



The California Supreme Court has denied Brad Pitt's appeal regarding the actor's ongoing custody case with Angelina Jolie.

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In September, attorneys for Pitt petitioned the high court to review the case after Judge John Ouderkirk was disqualified, effectively voiding a previous ruling that granted Pitt more time with the former couple's five minor children.

On Wednesday, the high court upheld the appellate court's disqualification decision in a ruling obtained by, simply stating: "Petition and stay denied."

The custody arrangement now adheres lớn the Nov. 2018 agreement regarding their minor children — Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, & twins Vivienne & Knox, 13.

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A representative for Pitt tells that the appeals court's previous decision "was based on a technical procedural issue & the Supreme Court's decision not to review that procedural issue does not change the extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the trial judge — và the many experts who testified — to lớn reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children's best interests."


Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt & Knox Jolie-Pitt


"We will continue to vày everything that's legally necessary based on the detailed findings of the independent experts," the representative tells

In a statement Wednesday, Jolie's attorney tells that the actress welcomed the decision.

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"Ms. Jolie is focused on her family & pleased that her children's wellbeing will not be guided by unethical behavior," her attorney says. 

"As reinforced by California's appellate courts, our judiciary prioritizes ethics & children's best interests, và won't tolerate judicial misconduct to lớn reward the interests of a party. Ms. Jolie is glad for the family to now move forward cooperatively."

Ouderkirk was disqualified in July for "failure lớn make mandatory disclosures" about other legal proceedings involving Pitt's legal counseling, which "might cause an objective person, aware of all of the facts" khổng lồ doubt Ouderkirk's impartiality in the case, the court opinion read.

In Pitt's petition, his attorneys argued that disqualifying Ouderkirk "effectively upended the constitutionally authorized temporary judging system in California" and now "throws open the door khổng lồ disqualification challenges at any point during a case, even if the các buổi party raising the motion has long been on notice about the alleged grounds for disqualification."

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"In so doing, the opinion is guaranteed lớn fuel disqualification gamesmanship & raises serious questions as lớn whether the temporary judging system is a viable option in California's severely backlogged judicial system," the petition reads.

Jolie's team argued that Ouderkirk, who had been serving as the couple's private judge, could be biased in his rulings considering he had failed khổng lồ disclose continuing or new cases Pitt's attorneys had hired him lớn oversee.

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When Ouderkirk was hired in 2016, both sides listed their business relationships with the judge, và he has been extended twice during their five-year custody battle. At issue, according to the Appellate Court, were additional cases he was later hired to lớn judge, which he didn't disclose to Jolie's attorneys.

However, Pitt's attorneys claim in the petition that Jolie had been "made aware of Judge Ouderkirk's significant professional history with Pitt's counsel from the very start" of the custody case, but waited years lớn seek his disqualification.

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