Angelina Jolie, 45, an actress and a humanitarian shared that she feels the California court system has failed her by not letting her children testify at the custody hearing with ex-husband Brad Pitt, 57.
According to Page Six, Jolie thinks that the decision lacks “care for her family,” and she felt that the courts did not “took into account the full set of issues that affect her family.”
“The custody schedule was always determined by the court,” a source said. “It’s sad that Brad’s people are gloating about a potential win when beating a system that exists to protect families and children from issues that harm their well-being is not something to brag about.”
They emphasized that Jolie was not trying to take away the children from Pitt.
“The heart of this dispute has not been about keeping the children apart from their father, it’s been Angelina asking for care for her family,” the source said. “Her motivations have never been to deny the children a relationship with their father.”
Jolie submitted in court evidence of alleged domestic abuse by Pitt, which The Blast reported she planned to introduce back in March, but it remains under seal and its exact contents are unknown.
The mother of three was said to be upset over Judge John Ouderkirk’s decision to decline her six children to testify in the custody hearings.
“This system is at fault, and Angelina is focused on fighting a system that does not take into account the full set of issues that affect her family and other families in this situation,” the source added. “She’s working hard to ensure that other families don’t go through her experience.”
Last year, Jolie submitted appeals in court to have Judge Ouderkirk taken off the case since he allegedly failed to disclose business interests he shared with Pitt.
In 2014, the said judge has also officiated the couple’s wedding.
On Thursday, The Sun has reported that Pitt’s lawyers had made a filing countering any delay in the joint custody decision.
They wrote it in response to Jolie’s attempt to block the proceedings: “Any delay would only work grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability.”
However, other individuals with knowledge of the custody case asserted that the judge made an informed decision based on hours of hearings with experts, including therapists and child service professionals, who had spoken to Pitt and Jolie’s children.
An insider familiar with the divorce told that Pitt’s goal was always to “just to spend more time with his children, to make sure they’re healthy, happy and cared for.”
In Judge Ouderkirk’s ruling, he wrote that Jolie’s statements “lacked credibility in many important areas.”
“The existing custody order must be modified in the best interests of the children,” Ouderkirk added.
Although, Pitt can’t be confident about the ruling because Judge Ouderkirk might be taken off the case.
“The process isn’t over, and every step of the way Angie has resorted to extreme tactics to misrepresent her story [to the media] and to destroy anyone who goes against her — therapists, experts, and even the judge,” the source said. “And at the end of the day, Angie was found not to be credible by all of these people.”
The insider also said that the actor had been involved in a disagreement on a private jet with his son Maddox, who was 15 at the time.
“She thought there would be charges brought against Brad after the plane incident, she dropped her lawyer Laura Wasser and claimed that Brad owed her millions in support, which was untrue,” the source said.