Brad Pitt’s Divorce Appeal Will Not Be Heard By the California Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO — Brad Pitt’s divorce appeal of a court order disqualifying the judge in his custody fight with Angelina Jolie was denied by the California Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The court turned down a request for a review of a June appeals court judgment that ruled the private judge hearing the case should be disqualified for failing to disclose his business ties to Pitt’s lawyers.

The decision of the state Supreme Court brings that decision to a close. It might suggest that the dispute over the couple’s five young children, which seemed to be coming to a close, is just getting started.

“Ms. Jolie is focused on her family and is relieved that her children’s well-being will not be influenced by unethical behavior,” says the statement “Robert Olson, her attorney, stated in an email.

Pitt’s lawyer had previously claimed that Jolie’s attempt to disqualify the judge was motivated by a desire to prevent the judge’s provisional custody ruling, which favored Pitt, from going into force.

The Supreme Court ruling, according to a statement released by Pitt on Wednesday, “does not affect the incredible amount of factual evidence that caused the trial court — and the numerous experts who testified — to make their unequivocal determination about what is in the best interests of the children.”

For 12 years, Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, were one of Hollywood’s most famous couples. John Ouderkirk, a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, presided at their 2014 wedding and was later recruited to manage their divorce after Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.

In 2019, he declared the couple divorced, but he kept the child custody matters separate.

Jolie and Pitt have six children: 20-year-old Maddox, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, 15-year-old Shiloh, 13-year-old Vivienne, and 13-year-old Knox. Custody decisions are only made for the five minors.

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