Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce battle will be presided over by the same judge who married them in 2014
The former couple have been in a custody battle since Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, the next court hearing is scheduled for December
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's have been at odds with each other because of their prolonged custody battle since their split in 2016. Jolie had filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. In the latest development in their custody trial, Canoe reports that the judge who was the officiant for their wedding in France has been granted permission to preside over and officially handle the couple's custody battle. Since the divorce was filed, the point of contention between the couple has been child support and visitation, and despite efforts, they haven't reached a conclusion that both agree too. The former couple will go to trial next month with the Honorable John Ouderkirk overseeing the case, which will be kept private.
Judge Ouderkirk's history with the couple has made him a suitable choice to be working with them through their divorce. In fact, he has been quietly working with Pitt and Jolie since the beginning of their divorce proceedings. In June, he ordered Angelina to help Pitt rebuild and repair his relationship with the six of his children.
Court documents have revealed that the order by the judge helped Pitt spend some quality time with his kids, though his eldest Maddox, 16, opted out of the agreement.
“It is critical that each of (the six) children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” the judge’s report read in June. However, Jolie's representatives completely blasted the reports surrounding these developments and even termed the entire situation 'misleading.' The representative said, “It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening."
Tensions continued in August when Jolie accused Pitt of not paying enough money in child support for the last 18 months. Pitt’s lawyers filed their response a day later, denying Jolie's claims, insisting their client had paid his ex over $9 million, since their 2016 split. Daily Mail reports that the custody battle is not the only issue in their divorce settlement. Once that is sorted out, the couple will have to deal with their finances. They did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they got married in 2014 which is why it remains unclear how the two will divide up their millions of dollars in cash and property.
US Weekly reports suggest that it was Pitt who reached out to Angelina for them to settle their custody battle out of court, a source revealed. Pitt, 54, and Jolie, 43, are set to appear in court on December 4 to hash out their custody issues.