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Angelina Jolie claims judge in Brad Pitt divorce case won’t let their kids testify


Brad and Angelina are still working on a custody arrangement (Picture: Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Angelina Jolie claims the judge in her divorce proceedings with Brad Pitt won’t let her children testify. 

The former couple are still in the midst of ending their marriage and working out a custody arrangement for their five youngest children – Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – after splitting up in 2016.

Angelina, 45, has criticised the judge presiding over the proceedings for not letting the children speak at the hearing, and sought to disqualify John Ouderkirk from the case. 

A filing made to California’s Second District Court of Appeal read: ‘Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case…

‘They have failed to adequately consider a section of the California courts code, which says it is detrimental to the best interest of the child if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence.’

The documents do not elaborate on what the ‘evidence’ contains, or what her domestic violence claims refer to. 

Angelina – who is also mum to Maddox, 19 – believes the court should be able to ‘hear the minor teenagers’ input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes as to their custody fate’, but this has been refused.

Angelina claims their children have not been allowed to testify (Picture: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

A California code says that a child aged 14 or over should be allowed testify if they want to. 

However, Brad’s lawyers believe the proceedings have been conducted fairly.

In a response filing made to the courts, they said: ‘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. [Angelina’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.

‘[The objections are causing] grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability.’

Angelina has argued that Ouderkirk – a private judge chosen by her and her ex – has an improper business relationship with one of Brad’s attorneys, and the Maleficent star said in Monday’s filing that if the tentative custody decision is made final by Ouderkirk, she will appeal it.

Angelina and Brad, 57, met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005, when Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston.

Angelina seeks the disqualification of the judge (Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After Brad’s split from Jennifer, the co-stars went public with their relationship in 2006, welcoming their daughter Shiloh that year.

In 2014, the pair got married after a decade together, but two years later, Angelina filed for divorce, with her attorney saying she was doing so for ‘the health of her family’.

The split came after a disagreement broke out between Brad and their children during a flight from France to Los Angeles, with the actor accused of being abusive towards his then 15-year-old son during the flight.

Investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed against the actor.

Brad and Angelina were declared divorced in 2019, after asking for a judgment that allows a married couple to be declared single while issues including finances and child custody remained. 


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