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Brad Pitt Files Petition To Reverse Judge's Dismissal In His Custody Battle With Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt Files Petition To Reverse Judge's Dismissal In His Custody Battle With Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt has made a motion and has filed a petition over the dismissal of a private judge that was chosen to handle his and Angelina Jolie‘s custody battle.

The ruling that had been in place – with Brad, 57, spending more time with his five minor children – had been reversed to a previous agreement from November 2018.

Judge John Ouderkirk reportedly “violated his ethical obligations and is now ineligible from serving as a temporary judge in the case.

However, Brad is looking to have that overturned.

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In a new report via People, the petition is arguing that the judge “effectively upended the constitutionally authorized temporary judging system in California” and now “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 so doing, the opinion is guaranteed to fuel disqualification gamesmanship and raises serious questions as to whether the temporary judging system is a viable option in California’s severely backlogged judicial system,” the petition reads.

Angelina‘s legal team had argued that the judge might be biased in his rulings because he had failed to disclose his involvement on continuing or new cases that Brad‘s legal team had hired him to oversee.

While her legal team says that they were not aware of the judge’s continuing relationship with his legal team, Brad‘s team says they were “made aware of Judge Ouderkirk’s significant professional history with Pitt’s counsel from the very start.”

“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,” his counsel argues in the petition.

Stay tuned for new updates in Angelina and Brad‘s now, five-year, custody battle.

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