Far from over. Angelina Jolie earned a victory in her prolonged courtroom battle in opposition to Brad Pitt over custody of their youngsters, however there are nonetheless many extra strikes to be made within the case.
Los Angeles divorce legal professional Mark Vincent Kaplan, who has represented celebrities together with Kevin Federline, Charlie Sheen and Paula Abdul however isn’t affiliated with the Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars’ case, is weighing in on what the actress’ win means for the exes shifting ahead. The high-powered Hollywood lawyer estimates that Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, have already spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not in the millions” on litigation.
“And it could be more if they start over again,” Kaplan completely tells Us Weekly. “Nothing is more expensive than a hotly contested custody [dispute]. I’m sure both of these people can afford to [keep litigating], which is not the reason to do it, but that’s probably not going to be a major factor for either of them given their respective wealth.”
Us confirmed on Friday, July 23, that Jolie’s petition to take away Judge John Ouderkirk from the custody case was granted. The California Court of Appeal made the ruling, figuring out that the choose failed his moral obligation by not disclosing his ongoing instances that concerned Pitt’s attorneys in a well timed method. Ouderkirk beforehand claimed that the Maleficent star “clearly failed” to show any type of bias on his half.
“The case has been sent back to the Los Angeles Superior Court,” a supply completely advised Us earlier this month. “Judge Ouderkirk is no longer involved and Angelina is grateful to seek a fair decision regarding custody for the children.”
The ruling signifies that Jolie and Pitt’s present custody association may very well be overturned, with the proceedings beginning over once more. Ouderkirk granted the actor joint custody of their youngsters — Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 13 — in May. Kaplan acknowledges that the event isn’t an prompt win for the Eternals actress, although.
“She’s still got an uphill battle because now there is historical observation rather than future projection [of how the children are doing],” the authorized skilled tells Us.
The choose’s removing didn’t shake Pitt both. “The appeals court ruling was based on a technical procedural issue. The facts haven’t changed,” a spokesperson for the Fight Club star advised Us in an announcement on Friday. “There is an extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the judge — and the many experts who testified — to reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children’s best interests. We will continue to do what’s necessary legally based on the detailed findings of what’s best for the children.”
Jolie filed for divorce from the Ocean’s Eleven star in September 2016 after two years of marriage. They had been declared legally single in April 2019.
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez
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