judge in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce case dismissed | Connect FM | Local news radio
California appeals court removed judge Angelina Jolie and Brad pitt had hired to rule on their divorce proceedings, reports Page Six.
Jolie had filed an appeal before Judge John W. Ouderkirkthe May ruling that ultimately gave Pitt more time with their minor children: the foster daughters Pax, 17, and Zahara, 16, as well as the couple’s three biological children: Shiloh, 14 years old and twins Knox and Vivienne, who will be 13 in July. The eldest of the couple’s adopted children Maddox is 19 years old and as such was not part of the custody situation.
However, the appeals court has just agreed with Jolie, ruling that Ouderkirk did not adequately disclose “the business relationship with Pitt’s lawyers”.
According to the publication, the appeals court ruled that the challenge was “necessary”, noting that “Judge Ouderkirk’s ethical breach, taken in conjunction with … his recent professional relationship with Pitt’s lawyer, could lead to a objective person… to maintain a doubt as to the capacity of the judge to be impartial.
Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, separated in 2016 after 2 years of marriage, but 12 years together. They divorced legally in April 2019, but chose at the time to separately settle custody and other matters through a private judge for the sake of discretion.
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