New Court Order in Jolie Pitt Divorce Surface On June 6, 2018 BD646058

New Court Order in Jolie Pitt Divorce Surfaces on June 6, 2018.


On June 6, 2018, the couple’s private Judge, John Ouderkirk, issued a Court Order setting forth pendente lite custody orders pending review.  The Order came after a contested hearing lasting 7 days (May 16 -17 and May 21-25.)

The Court Order is a SUMMER SCHEDULE (quite possibly because Angie used school as an excuse not to share, and Brad, being the reasonable one, didn’t want to disrupt the kids during the school year).

The order is extreme protective of Brad Pitt, and probably for good reason!   The order starts off by granting Brad visits from June 8 to June 17, 2018 for 4 hours a day.

Um….the divorce was filed in September 2016.  It’s been nearly 2 years, and Brad is only up to 4 hours of visit?  Something isn’t right.

Then the order steps up from June 27 – July 1, 2018 to grant Brad up to 10 hours a day.  Finally,starting in July 8 – July 19, Brad is to get 4 days at a time with the kids.  There is also a clause that Brad may take the children to a program offered by Transitioning Families.  This is spot-on reunification therapy!  And much needed!!!

Usually, Courts are not so particular about schedules – there MUST have been some evidence presented about parental alienation by Jolie.

The Court then states in paragraph 9, “The Court hereby provides notice to Petitioner that if the Minor Children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time that they spend with Petitioner and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to Respondent.”

I don’t want to get too technical here, but primary physical custody is a “legal label”, important in move-aways.  If Angie loses the legal label of “primary physical custody”, she will not have the presumptive right to move away.

Either way, I am profoundly sad about this situation.  For almost 2 years, we have heard nothing.  I thought by now they would have covered the other issues in their divorce case: support, property division.  They are still stuck on custody.

Angelina Jolie goes out of her way to validate herself as a good mother.  We have no doubt she is a good mother.  But “best interests of the children” isn’t about how great a mother is.  It’s about fostering a relationship with both parents.  Parental alienation doesn’t have to intentional, as in, blatantly badmouthing Brad in front of the kids — I am sure Angie is smarter than that.  However, her actions – whether it’s a complete shutdown (we don’t talk about Daddy in this house), or failure to give her kids messages   (The Court order also covered this!  Paragraph 7 specifically states, “Petitioner shall forthwith provide Respondent with each of the Minor Children’s personal cell phone numbers so that Respondent may text them at those numbers, and notify Respondent of any new cell phone numbers.  Petitioner shall not monitor the Minor Children’s text messages with Respondent and shall not provide Respondent with the number of a cell phone she maintains in her possession at which to text the children.)

I have repeatedly said and believe this – if you are in the midst of a custody battle, first of all, STOP and get out of it.  Unless there are severe issues of drug/alcohol, and other abuse, or a moveaway – you need to STEP BACK and focus on your children.  The Courts (and your children) want to see you encourage and FOSTER a relationship with the other parent.  They are not pawns.  They should not be in the middle.  Yes, it is HARD when you have been hurt.  But custody is NOT about winning or losing.

If you are in the midst of a custody battle, spend the money on a COUNSELOR – someone trained to develop parenting plans.

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Kelly Chang Rickert

Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. She is frequently quoted in the media, and is a legal expert for Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley and Madonna divorce and custody cases.

6 Comments
  • Carmen
    June 14, 2018 8:42 am

    Just read the full court order of 6/6/18. It definitely sounds like the Court wants Brad to reunify with his children and also makes several orders to Angelina that if she fails to comply that this may result in Brad having full custody. Thanks for your review and sharing..

  • julie
    June 15, 2018 4:41 am

    If she’s practicing parental alienation – which is so SO clearly obvious that she is!! – then she is not a good mother.

    A good mother places their children’s needs for stability and happiness above their own for revenge. Withholding the children, denying him their contact details and monitoring his contact through a phone she keeps possession of at all times are heinous and selfish acts of control, manipulation and alienation. She’s working to do that. That level isn’t passive – it’s active.
    She’s also badmouthing him too – she’s made several insinuative statements against him over the last 2 years, and the latest is her deflection that he leaked this info for selfish gain and that the info is inaccurate: that’s a blatant lie. The legal documents are accessible in their entirety straight from court (so 1. he didn’t leak anything) and their contents are INCREDIBLY specific (and 2. these orders have been put in place for a very, VERY good reason. A judge would not instill these orders lightly).

    She’s has been acting abominably and is being reprimanded and warned.

    • Kelly Chang Rickert
      Kelly Chang Rickert
      June 15, 2018 2:17 pm

      What stands out the most in this very detailed step-up plan is that Brad’s first step is “4 uninterrupted hours”. After 2 years of separation, and the first step up is 4 hours? Something is going on, and the Court does not take it lightly.

  • Sou Thuk
    June 15, 2018 9:12 am

    Thank you for explaining Kelly. If this was not sealed , why did the court summary say that it was ?

    Documents Filed (Filing dates listed in descending order)
    06/06/2018 Order – After Hearing (This is a sealed document )
    Filed by Attorney

    This court summary is no longer acessible on the court website. CNN said they obtained the documents from the court .

    How is that possible ?

    • Kelly Chang Rickert
      Kelly Chang Rickert
      June 15, 2018 2:19 pm

      It is sealed. CNN could not have gotten it from Court. What probably happened was some summer intern got it in their hands and disseminated it to the public. Oops!

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