New details have emerged regarding Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s custody arrangements following their 2019 divorce.
In court documents, obtained by Us Weekly, lawyers claim that three of Jolie’s six children with Pitt, 57, wanted to testify against him during the proceedings.
“The children whose custody is at issue are old enough to understand what is going on,” the document reads. “The trial is necessarily going to impact them emotionally. Three of the children have asked to testify. To make any of the children endure what may be a futile and void proceeding is beyond unjustified. It is cruel.”
The estranged couple share Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
The new details came to light following Judge John Ouderkirk’s ruling that the Jolie and Pitt will split time with their children — following months of witness testimony.
“[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,” court documents obtained by Us Weekly stated.
Last year, Jolie made a bid to disqualify Ouderkirk from the case and criticised his decision after he refused to allow their kids to testify. It was also alleged Ouderkerk had connections to Pitt’s legal team.
Pitt’s lawyers responded to Jolie’s filing in a statement: “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.”
The Maleficent star, 46, 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.
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