California High Court will not hear Brad Pitt’s divorce appeal


The California Supreme Court declined to consider Brad Pitt’s appeal against a court ruling that disqualified the judge in his custody battle for Angelina Jolie

The court dismissed a review of a June appeals court ruling that the private judge hearing the case should be disqualified for failing to sufficiently disclose his business relationship with Pitt’s lawyers.

The decision of the State Supreme Court finalizes this decision. This means that the fight for the couple’s five minor children – which was drawing to a close – was just beginning.

Emails seeking comment from lawyers for Pitt and Jolie were not immediately returned.

Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, have been among Hollywood’s hottest couples for 12 years. A former Los Angeles County Superior Court judge John Ouderkirk officiated at their marriage in 2014 and then was hired to oversee their divorce when Jolie filed for dissolution of the marriage in 2016.

He ruled the couple divorced in 2019, but separated the custody issues.

Jolie and Pitt have six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, Vivienne, 13, and Knox, 13. Only the five minors are the subject of custody decisions.


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