Inside the Latest Fight in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Nearly 4-Year Divorce

Source: People

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have hit another challenge on the road to their nearly four-year divorce case

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are butting heads over the private judge presiding over their divorce case.

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, the actress, 45, filed a request on August 7 asking for the removal of Judge John W. Ouderkirk from her divorce case from Pitt, 56. Ouderkirk was hired by Pitt and Jolie in 2017 to oversee their divorce privately—and also married the former couple in 2014.

The actress alleges Ouderkirk “failed to make timely mandatory disclosures of ongoing business and professional relationships between himself” and Pitt’s attorneys. But Pitt’s legal team shot back in a filing on Thursday, slamming the move as “a thinly-veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case.”

Jolie’s filing claims that Ouderkirk didn’t disclose details of other divorce cases he was working on involving Pitt’s lawyers, leaving him “biased.”

The actress said she “was never afforded the opportunity to even raise a concern or to object to the ever-increasing business relationships between Judge Ouderkirk and [Pitt’s] counsel — relationships that were providing a steady stream of income to Judge Ouderkirk and the potential for future work.”

“These are precisely the type of repeat customer circumstances that create doubts about a privately-compensated private judge’s ability to remain impartial.”

Ouderkirk did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. He has 10 days to respond to Jolie’s filing.

In his own filing in response to Jolie’s claims, Pitt accused her of trying to stall the case ahead of a child custody trial set for October.

Calling Jolie’s filing a “Hail Mary,” Pitt argued in court documents that while Ouderkirk had “accepted additional new engagements involving opposing counsel” the matter had been “fully disclosed to Jolie” and that she “has never objected to [Ouderkirk’s] continued involvement in this proceeding until now.”

Pitt pointed out Ouderkirk had also disclosed prior work with his and Jolie’s respective lawyers, even referencing three times in which the actress and her legal team asked to extend Ouderkirk’s appointment to their case.

“Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie’s transparently tactical gambit are the parties’ own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution to these custody issues,” the documents read.

“These are precisely the type of repeat customer circumstances that create doubts about a privately-compensated private judge’s ability to remain impartial.”

Ouderkirk did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. He has 10 days to respond to Jolie’s filing.

In his own filing in response to Jolie’s claims, Pitt accused her of trying to stall the case ahead of a child custody trial set for October.

Calling Jolie’s filing a “Hail Mary,” Pitt argued in court documents that while Ouderkirk had “accepted additional new engagements involving opposing counsel” the matter had been “fully disclosed to Jolie” and that she “has never objected to [Ouderkirk’s] continued involvement in this proceeding until now.”

Pitt pointed out Ouderkirk had also disclosed prior work with his and Jolie’s respective lawyers, even referencing three times in which the actress and her legal team asked to extend Ouderkirk’s appointment to their case.

“Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie’s transparently tactical gambit are the parties’ own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution to these custody issues,” the documents read.

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