Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at odds over $164M France chateau as custody battle wages on
Taryn Ryder
September 22, 2021·5 min read
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still at odds 5 years after split
It's been five years since Angelina Jolie shocked the world by filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, and the former power couple seem nowhere close to settling their legal differences.
It's been five years since Angelina Jolie shocked the world by filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, and the former power couple seem nowhere close to settling their legal differences.
Pitt and Jolie's messy custody dispute continues, with the Oscar-winning actress accusing the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star of seeking special treatment in a filing this week. In a separate courtroom squabble, the actors are fighting over their $164 million French estate as Jolie allegedly tried to sell her stake in Chateau Miraval out from under Pitt.  
Here's the latest on all the Brangelina drama.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are fighting in court in multiple countries now. (Photo: Getty Images)
The custody dispute continues
Pitt's attorneys want the California Supreme Court to overturn a decision dismissing the private judge overseeing the couple's custody fight. Jolie's legal team hit back in documents obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, stating, "This sort of gamesmanship, a last-ditch effort by a celebrity litigant seeking special treatment, is not what this Court’s limited review resources are for."
Jolie and Pitt have been fighting over custody of five of their six kids: Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox. (Maddox, 20, is not a minor.) After the actor was awarded more time in a victory earlier this year, Jolie successfully got the private judge, Judge Ouderkirk, tossed from the case. Now, Pitt's legal team has issues with the temporary judge appointed. 
"We are seeking review in the California Supreme Court because the temporary judge, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by both sides, was improperly disqualified after providing a detailed, fact-based custodial decision, following a lengthy legal process with multiple witnesses and experts," attorney Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., partner at Gibson Dunn, tells Yahoo Entertainment in a statement. 
"The lower court's ruling will reward parties who are losing child custody cases, and condone their gamesmanship, by allowing them to wait and see about the likely direction of the case before seeking the disqualification of the judge. Condoning the use of this type of strategic 'lie in wait' disqualification challenge will cause irreparable harm to both the children and families involved in this case, and other families in other cases, by unnecessarily prolonging the resolution of these disputes in an already overburdened court system. Allowing this kind of crafty litigation strategy will deprive parents of irreplaceable time with their children as judges are disqualified for minor reasons in the midst of their cases," he continues.
"Nothing in the opposition brief calls into question the urgent need for California Supreme Court review, nor does the opposition address nor refute the important fact that the lower court's ruling is bad for children and bad for California's overburdened judicial system," the statement concludes.
So, what happens next?
Celebrity divorce attorney Christopher Melcher, who counts Kanye West among his clients, explains to Yahoo what the latest filing means — and how he would advise the superstars.
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