Brad Pitt Wins Joint Custody Of Children In Rollercoaster Divorce Battle With Angelina Jolie

Almost five years on from Brad and Angelina's split, there's been yet another update in their legal wranglings...

Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Divorce

by Guy Pewsey |
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In August of 2014, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt said ‘I do’. Their love story, which began on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004, was celebrated at a gorgeous ceremony at their Chateau Miraval in France. Their six children were, naturally, in attendance, with Maddox and Pax walking Angelina down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne fulfilling the roles of flower girls, and Shiloh and Knox acting as ringbearers. Two years later, though, the fairytale ended: August 2016 saw the shock announcement of the couple’s separation.

‘This decision was made for the health of the family’, said lawyer Robert Offer. ‘She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.’ And yet, more than four years on, the saga is very much still going, and while April 2019 saw the couple been granted the status of legally separate (which, among other things, enables them to pursue other relationships) their disputes continue.

Last August, it became clear that the rollercoaster split is nowhere near complete. Angelina filed papers in the Los Angeles Superior Court, asking that Judge Ouderkirk – who is overseeing the process – be replaced. Angelina claimed that the judge’s previous work and ongoing professional and financial relationship with Anne C. Kiley, Brad’s lawyer, meant that ‘something untoward was happening.’

Brad soon responded. His legal team filed a rebuttal which called Angelina’s complaint ‘a thinly veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case.’ The documents added that the children are ‘the individuals hurt most by Jolie’s transparently tactical gambit,’ and are ‘deprived over a resolution to these custody issues. Therefore Jolie’s motion should be denied.’

Angelina’s opposition to the judge was deemed particularly curious by Brad’s team as they claimed that she personally chose Judge Ouderkirk to ‘preside over their nuptials in 2014 and serving as a neutral in several matters involving attorneys on both sides of this case.'

There was, finally, a suggestion that a light could be seen at the end of the tunnel, when a verdict was scheduled for Christmas time, but this never materialised. Then, in March, Angelina's representatives stated that the actress was 'prepared to provide proof' of domestic abuse. Brad was said to be 'heartbroken' by that latest development, as well as the fact that Maddox, the pair's eldest son, opted to provide his testimony under the surname Jolie.

This week, Angelina moved to disqualify Judge John Ouderkirk once again. Court documents claimed that he 'has failed to adequately consider ... input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes', relating to the children and their right to testify. But the latest development found in Brad's favour: in the last day, he has been granted joint custody of their children.

Evidently this case will run and run. The Hollywood romance has displayed more twists and turns than any thriller. Will a resolution ever be found? Watch this space.


Angelina Jolie - Her Best Looks Ever

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Sheer Perfection

Angelina Jolie showed up to the 2014 Oscars in this truly breathtaking nude gown by Ellie Saab Couture.

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Silver Screen

Angelina was a picture of Hollywood elegance in this silver Pamella Rolland dress, worn to the premiere of her 2010 action caper Salt.

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Suits you, Ms

Angelina is never one to shy away from good tailoring, and is as comfortable on the red carpet as she is in a dress. Here, she wore Saint Laurent to the premiere of Brad Pitt's film World War Z.

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Brooch the subject

Angelina was truly goddess-like in white Ralph & Russo at the 2012 Paris premiere of In The Land Of Blood And Honey.

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Skirt The Issues...

A simple blouse and a black leather skirt has rarely looked so good. Angelina wore the ensemble with a gorgeous emerald necklace at the 2012 Critics' Circle Awards in 2012.

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Bronze Girl

Angelina seemed born to wear Jenny Packham. She wore this bronze number at another premiere for her film In The Land of Blood And Honey.

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Black Ambition

Angelina looks great in all black. She wore Jenny Packham again in 2012, for the SAG Awards.

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Heart of Darkness

Angelina wowed at the 2014 The Normal Heart premiere, in a black strapless gown by Saint Laurent.

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Black Magic

It takes someone truly special to make black ethereal. Angelina did so at a 2014 premiere of Maleficent by wearing this beautiful Versace dress with Swarovski embellishments.

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Birds of a Feather

Angelina returned to one of her favourites - Atelier Versace - for another 2014 premiere of Maleficent. The avian theme was in keeping with her winged character.

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White On The Night

Angelina's film The Tourist was not critically acclaimed. But her look at its premiere was flawless. Again, she wowed in Atelier Versace.

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Red For Filth

A white dress, with a pop of indulgent red. Perfection. Angelina wore Atelier Versace yet again for the 2009 Golden Globes.

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Bow down

Truly one of Angelina's most iconic looks. This Saint Laurent tux made an impression at the 2014 BAFTAs. So, so chic.

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Legs For Days

Speaking of iconic Angelina, this look made waves around the world. Gorgeous, simple and with a statement slit, the black velvet Atelier Versace dress may be our favourite Angelina look of all time.

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Which Witch Is Which?

Yes, this is a little Grand High Witch. But Angelina truly pulls off this strapless, opera-gloved piece by Atelier Versace.

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Real-Life Enchantress

Angelina was back in Ralph & Russo for the 2019 London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil.

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When In Rome

Angelina headed to Italy for a photocall for her Maleficent sequel, wearing this dramatic lilac piece by Givenchy Couture.

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