Angelina Jolie says choose will not let children testify throughout baby custody listening to in divorce case with Brad Pitt

LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie criticized a judge who decides on custody of her divorce with Brad Pitt, saying in a court case that the judge refused to allow her children to testify.

Jolie, who has tried to exclude Judge John Ouderkirk from the divorce proceedings, said Monday he refused to hear evidence she believed is relevant to the safety and wellbeing of the children before issuing a preliminary ruling. The documents do not elaborate on what this evidence might be.

“Judge Ouderkirk has denied a fair trial to Ms. Jolie and wrongly excluded her evidence relevant to the health, safety and welfare of the children, which is vital to her lawsuit,” said the file in the California Second District Court of Appeals .

The actress also said the judge failed to adequately consider a section of California’s judicial code that says it is detrimental to the best interests of the child to give custody to a person with a history of domestic violence. Her filing did not include details of what it related to, but her lawyers filed a seal document in March allegedly containing additional information.

Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, days after a disagreement broke out on a private flight that took the actors and their children from France to Los Angeles. Pitt was charged with abusing his then 15-year-old son on the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI have been closed without charges being brought against the actor. Jolie’s attorney said at the time that she filed for divorce “for the health of the family.”

Their new file states that the judge “refused to hear submissions from underage teenagers about their experiences, needs, or desires regarding their custody fate,” citing a California code that states that a child 14 or older should not be born Years can testify if you want.

Three of Jolie and Pitt’s six children are teenagers, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, and 14-year-old Shiloh. The eldest, Maddox, is 19 years old and is not subject to custody. They also have 12 year old twins, Vivienne and Knox.

In response to Jolie’s filing, Pitt’s attorneys said, “Ouderkirk has conducted an extensive trial in a thorough, fair manner for the past six months and has made a preliminary decision and order after hearing experts and perceptive witnesses.”

Pitt’s filing said the judge found that Jolie’s testimony “was not credible in many important areas and that the existing custody decision between the parties must be changed at Mr. Pitt’s request in the best interests of the children.”

It is said that Jolie’s objections and further delays in reaching an agreement would “cause serious harm to children who continue to be denied stability and stability.”

It is not clear what the current custody regime looks like as the court seals most of the files. When the divorce process began, Jolie sought primary custody – meaning the children would live with her more than half the time – but changes were made that were not made public. Pitt sought joint custody.

Lawyers on both sides declined to comment on the new documents. Others close to Jolie say her family struggles have led her to take a more active role in changing the law’s approach to custody issues.

“ Ms. Jolie has worked privately for four and a half years both to heal her family and to struggle to improve the system to ensure other families don’t know what hers has endured, “said Peter Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general has worked with Jolie on political issues, The Associated Press said.

Jolie has tried to disqualify Ouderkirk, a private judge she and Pitt chose to protect their privacy, and argues that he has an improper business relationship with one of Pitt’s lawyers.

She said on the file filed on Monday that she would appeal if Ouderkirk’s preliminary custody decision is final.

Jolie (45) and Pitt (57) were among the most famous couples in Hollywood for 12 years. They had been married for two years when Jolie filed for divorce. They were declared divorced in April 2019 after their lawyers moved for a verdict that could declare a couple unmarried while other questions remained open, including finances and custody.

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