California court refuses to hear Brad Pitt's divorce case appeal

Brad Pitt has failed to have a court review the decision to disqualify the judge in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie.

A lower court had previously ruled that Judge John W Ouderkirk had failed to adequately disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys and removed him from the case.

The decision was a huge win for Jolie, 46, in her bitter legal battle with Oscar-winner Pitt, 57.

The California Supreme Court has now declined to hear Pitt’s appeal against the decision, stating online, “petition for review and petition for residency denied.”

The former Hollywood golden couple have been locked into a custody battle over their five children, all of whom are minors, and the court’s decision could mean an even lengthier legal process.

Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and the case was nearing its end.

The Eternals star’s attorney Robert Olson welcomed the state’s Supreme Court decision.

In a statement to USA Today, he said, “Ms. Jolie is focused on her family and is pleased that her children’s well-being is not determined by unethical behavior.

“As affirmed by California’s appeals courts, our judiciary prioritizes ethics and the well-being of children and does not condone judicial misconduct to reward the interests of any party. Ms. Jolie is happy that the family is now making progress in a cooperative manner. “

Mr. Ouderkirk directed Pitt and Jolie’s 2014 wedding.

As is the custom with celebrity couples protecting their private lives from the public, Pitt and Jolie chose to hire their own judge to oversee the divorce.

Mr Ouderkirk divorced the couple in 2019 but the issue of custody remained 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. Only the five minors are subject to custody decisions.

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