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Court Disqualifies Private Judge in Divorce from Jolie and Pitt

A California appeals court on Friday disqualified a private judge in charge of the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, which gave Jolie a major victory in the case.

The 22rd District Court of Appeals agreed with Jolie that Judge John W. Ouderkirk did not disclose enough of his business dealings with Pitt’s attorneys.

“Judge Ouderkirk’s ethical misconduct, considered in conjunction with the information revealed regarding his recent professional relationships with Pitt’s counsels, could lead to an objective person, aware of all the facts, having a reasonable doubt about the judge’s ability to be impartial. A disqualification is required,” the court ruled.

The decision means the fight for guardianship of the couple’s five minor children, which was coming to an end, could begin again.

The judge has already ordered the couple’s divorce but handled the guardianship of the children separately.

Like many famous couples, Pitt and Jolie decided to hire their own judge to have greater privacy in the divorce process.

Ouderkirk declined to disqualify himself when Jolie requested it in August. A judge in a lower court ruled that Jolie’s disqualification application had been filed too late. After this, Jolie’s lawyers appealed.

Jolie and Pitt’s attorneys had no comment at this time on the ruling.

Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, were one of Hollywood’s most prominent couples for 12 years. They were married for two years when Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. Their divorce was formalized in April 2019, after her lawyers asked for a ruling allowing married people to be declared unmarried while other matters, including financial and child custody issues, continued to be resolved.

In May Jolie and her lawyers criticised Ouderkirk for not allowing the couple’s children to testify at the hearings.

The actress also said the judge had “not properly considered, a section of California’s court code that states that the welfare of minors is affected if guardianship is granted to a person with a history of domestic violence. Documents filed by Jolie gave no details about what she was referring to, but her attorneys filed a confidential document in March that allegedly includes more information.

The ruling does not indicate whether the minors will be able to testify in the case.

Helen Hernandez is our best writer. Helen writes about social news and celebrity gossip. She loves watching movies since childhood. Email: [email protected] Phone : +1 281-333-2229

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