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Brad Pitt is 'trying to stay positive in a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie + Details

Brad Pitt will continue fighting personal battles as well including a battle for custody with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie

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A few days ago was the birthday of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie's ex-wife. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have a dispute over custody of their children. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are both good parents. Angelina Jolie prefers to spend most of her time with her children.

Brad Pitt already had a successful year, but sources told on Friday that he's looking forward to an even better one to come.

The source told, 'He's staying low-key in general. That's really the kind of guy he is anyway. [His birthday is] a natural time for reflection for him.'

The Fight Club actor finished filming two movies with Sandra Bullock this year, The Lost City and Bullet Train.   

But Pitt has also been involved in a custody battle with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie since 2016 over their children, who are still minors. The former couple share Maddox, 20, Pax, 18, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13.

'The situation with the kids is still a difficult situation,' the source continued. 'It sucks. It is what it is. His kids matter the most to him. But there are just processes you have to go through.' 

Jolie adopted Maddox in 2002, then Zahara in 2005, a year after she'd met Pitt as the pair filmed Mr. and Mrs. Smith. At the time, he was married to Jennifer Aniston.

Pitt and Jolie then adopted Pax together in 2007, and welcome their biological children Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne afterward. Pitt adopted all of the kids before he and Jolie wed in 2014. 

In September, it was revealed that he had requested a review of his child custody case with Jolie, after a court disqualified a private judge who granted him joint custody.

Lawyers for the star filed a petition for review with the California Supreme Court after the disqualification of Judge John Ouderkirk effectively voided the joint custody ruling, according to People.

A California appeals court disqualified the judge in July, agreeing with Jolie that Ouderkirk did not sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt's attorneys.

In Pitt's petition, his lawyers claimed that the elimination of Ouderkirk 'effectively upended the constitutionally authorized temporary judging system in California' and subsequently 'throws open the door to disqualification challenges at any point during a case, even if the party raising the motion has long been on notice about the alleged grounds for disqualification.'

In addition, lawyers for the actor alleged that Jolie was 'made aware of Judge Ouderkirk's significant professional history with Pitt's counsel from the very start,' yet did not seek disqualification until years later.


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'After more than four years of contentious litigation, every day of which has harmed the children and their father, an important and considered custody decision will be entirely undone as a result of an administrative error that is wholly unrelated to the merits of the custody dispute itself,' the lawyers wrote.  

'California law requires that a party seeking disqualification of a judge file a written statement objecting to continued proceedings before the judge 'at the earliest practicable opportunity after discovery of the facts constituting the ground for disqualification,' the petition states. 'Failure to do so constitutes waiver or forfeiture of the party's right to seek disqualification.'

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a lawyer for Pitt, said that the actor was requesting a review, as the judge was 'improperly disqualified' following a 'lengthy legal process' which involved numerous witnesses and experts.

'We are seeking review in the California Supreme Court because the temporary judge, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by both sides, was improperly disqualified after providing a detailed, fact-based custodial decision, following a lengthy legal process with multiple witnesses and experts,' read the statement. 

'The lower court's ruling will reward parties who are losing child custody cases, and condone their gamesmanship, by allowing them to wait and see about the likely direction of the case before seeking the disqualification of the judge.

'Condoning the use of this type of strategic "lie in wait" disqualification challenge will cause irreparable harm to both the children and families involved in this case, and other families in other cases, by unnecessarily prolonging the resolution of these disputes in an already overburdened court system. Allowing this kind of crafty litigation strategy will deprive parents of irreplaceable time with their children as judges are disqualified for minor reasons in the midst of their cases.

'The lower court's ruling is bad for children and bad for California’s overburdened judicial system.'

The decision to disqualify Ouderkirk came in July, with the court ruling: 'Judge Ouderkirk's ethical breach, considered together with the information disclosed concerning his recent professional relationships with Pitt's counsel, might cause an objective person, aware of all the facts, reasonably to entertain a doubt as to the judge's ability to be impartial,' and therefore, 'Disqualification is required.' 


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ngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are on the same page about supporting their kids as each of them continue to grow up via an insider. Nowadays, their youngest is in their preteen years and their oldest is 20. It’s important for the couple to remain involved in their lives during their formative years, and allegedly they are able to do so effectively as co-parents while dealing with making legal decisions. 

The latest report places the focus on 15-year-old Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, who is apparently getting into hip-hop dance in a Los Angeles studio. The Jolie-Pitt middle child has been seen as of late in videos and leaving classes and it’s reportedly her “main love right now.” Per the insider, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are incredibly proud of Shiloh growing into her own and expressing herself more publicly. 

Angelina Jolie is allegedly excited about her new passion, especially since it’s much different than her or Brad’s own talents. They are both “impressed,” and while Brad Pitt reportedly “doesn’t want her growing up so fast,” he’s “proud” to see her getting more confident, including with her recent red carpet appearances with her siblings and Angelina Jolie. 

Prior to the judge ruling for joint custody, Angelina Jolie alleged that Brad Pitt committed acts of domestic violence against her and their children. Their eldest son Maddox even testified against his father in a statement that was reportedly not flattering to him. Maddox allegedly shared that he planned to remove the “Pitt” portion of his name and called their relationship “nonexistent.” There is also an issue with the judge picked for the case, which Jolie asked to be taken off the case previously due to ties with Pitt’s lawyers. 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt also share some assets that need to be split in between all these matters. All and all, there’s a lot going on in the Pitt-Jolie family, but it’s nice to know that their kids are being supported for their blooming talents by them amidst it. 



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