According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Angelina is asking the court to disqualify the private judge who is assisting in their divorce. Brad and Angelina previously agreed to use Judge Ouderkirk to try and privately mediate their divorce.
Brad and Angelina knew Judge Ouderkirk because he officiated their 2014 wedding. In newly filed documents, Angelina says when they brought on the judge to help with the divorce he promised to not have any conflicts of interest.
Angelina’s lawyers say Judge Ouderkirk “utterly failed in fully complying with Judge Ouderkirk’s going ethical obligations. The motion accuses the judge of failing to disclose all of his ongoing and professional relationships with Brad’s lawyers.
Further, “The relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel is continuing and growing. Within the last two years, Respondents counsel and their rms have retained Judge Ouderkirk in several matters. At the same time‚ Petitioners Bay Area counsel is not responsible for sending ongoing business to Judge Ouderkirk. Courts and commentators alike have acknowledged that the nature of private judging creates reasonable doubts about impartiality in light of the repeat-customer phenomenon.”
Angelina is asking the court to disqualify Judge Ouderkirk immediately.
As The Blast previously reported, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been battling it out in court for years.
Back in 2016, Angelina filed for divorce from Brad citing irreconcilable differences. In the original petition, the actress demanded physical custody of their 6 kids. She asked the court that Brad only be granted visitation.
Sources close to Angelina tried to paint Brad as having an anger problem. There was even allegations of a fight between Brad and their son Maddox on a private plane.
Back in 2018, the couple reached a deal on custody and avoided a court trial. They are still battling over finances and have yet to finalize their divorce.
Brad and Angelina married in 2014 but had been together since 2004.