Angelina Jolie Is Worried About "Something Untoward" in Brad Pitt Divorce Case

August 13, 2020

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Angelina Jolie has filed to have the judge in her divorce case with Brad Pitt disqualified over concerns of "something untoward." According to 
Page Six, Jolie filed the papers in Los Angeles after her attorney learned Pitt's lawyers have an ongoing professional and financial relationship with the presiding judge. Jolie and Pitt have what's called a "bifurcated divorce," which means that they are legally divorced but are still working with a private judge to determine child custody and financial issues. Jolie’s legal team was told that Judge John W. Ouderkirk had heard previously heard a few cases involving Pitt's lawyers. According to the legal filing, however, “Hidden was the fact that Judge Ouderkirk’s relationship with Respondent’s counsel had continued and expanded into 2020.” Private judges are typically paid between $500 and $1,000 per hour. Jolie's attorney Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement, “As is set forth in the filing, all my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favors extended to either side. The only way litigants can trust the process is for everyone involved to ensure that there is transparency and impartiality.”