Los Angeles (AFP)
A California judge ruled that a custody order for the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie should be changed in her favor, according to court documents filed by lawyers for the “Fight Club” actor.
Hollywood superstars Pitt and Jolie, who have six children and were once Hollywood’s hottest couple, officially divorced two years ago but have remained locked in a private court battle ever since.
The couple announced in 2018 that they had reached an out-of-court settlement over the children – three biological and three adopted – who appear to have fallen apart.
Documents filed by Pitt’s attorneys in a California appeals court seen by AFP claim that a private judge issued an “interim ruling” in which he found that “the custody order existing between the parties must be amended, at the request of Mr. Pitt ”.
The newspapers also say the judge ruled that “Jolie’s testimony lacked credibility in many important areas” and that her attempt to challenge the new custody process “would do serious harm to the children, who will still be denied tenure. and stability ”.
Jolie, 45, is trying to get the judge removed from the divorce case. Its representatives did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.
The terms of the couple’s original child custody deal were never publicly disclosed, but U.S. entertainment media widely reported that Pitt sought equal custody, while Jolie sought sole custody.
A source told AFP on Wednesday that the judge’s recent ruling “altered the customary order to dramatically increase his time with children,” although this could not be verified because the order – which did not is not final – is under seal.
Pitt, now 57, was accused of hitting one of his children on a flight from France to Los Angeles shortly before Jolie filed for divorce, but was later cleared by the FBI and social workers.
The A-listers – under the celebrity nickname “Brangelina” – were married in France 2014 years ago, but had been dating since 2004 after playing the role of married assassins in “Mr and Mrs Smith”.
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