Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce case has now hit a new roadblock. As reports suggest, the former couple is focusing on parenting their six children together. The paparazzi has captured multiple pictures of Brad leaving Angelina’s LA mansion in the previous weeks.
Things are looking better for the family now. But here is a new turn. Angelina has asked for the removal of the private judge who will be overseeing the divorce proceedings of the Hollywood star couple. The actress requested the Los Angeles Superior Court with her request to remove Judge John W. Ouderkirk from the case.
Angelina has made this request because the private judge was not forthcoming about his connections with Brad’s attorney, Anne C Kiley in other cases. The filing stated, “Judge Ouderkirk has failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel.”
The filing also said, “Brad Pitt has actively advocated for Judge Ouderkirk’s financial interests in moving — over the opposing party’s opposition — to have his appointment (and his ability to continue to receive fees) extended in a high profile case. It doesn’t matter if Judge Ouderkirk is actually biased. Under California law disqualification is required so long as a person aware of the facts ‘might reasonably entertain a doubt’ about Judge Ouderkirk’s ability to remain impartial.”
Angelina’s attorneys have asked Ouderkirk, in private proceedings, that he disqualifies himself but the filing also stated that Brad’s team insisted on retaining him.