One month after his legal team told Radar exclusively they will "continue to do what’s necessary legally based on the detailed findings of what’s best for the children," the actor's lawyers did just that.
According to Page Six, Pitt's attorneys filed documents in California Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging Jolie's custody win.
The 57-year-old star argues Jolie should not have gotten custody of the former couple's children and essentially pointed the finger at the temporary judge they both selected, claiming his honor made a minor administrative error.
In May, Judge John W. Ouderkirk granted Pitt joint custody of their five minor children — Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13. Their oldest Maddox is an adult at 20 years old.
But two months later, a California appeals court has disqualified the private judge used in the former couple's nasty divorce case, finding he failed to disclose his business relationships with Pitt's lawyers.
Pitt's camp is now saying Ouderkirk's error was so small that it should not overshadow his joint custody ruling. The documents also claim that Jolie was looking for any possible reason to get the judge tossed from the case.
“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,” Pitt's lawyers said in a statement.
After Ouderkirk got kicked off the case, a spokesperson for the actor's legal team told Radar, “The appeals court ruling was based on a technical procedural issue. The facts haven’t changed."
"There is an extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the judge—and the many experts who testified—to reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children’s best interests. We will continue to do what’s necessary legally based on the detailed findings of what’s best for the children," they added.
Pitt and Jolie were together for 12 years but only married for two.
The actress pulled the plug on their life together when she filed for divorce in 2016 following an alleged blowup in front of the children.
While they were declared divorced in 2019, Jolie and Pitt continue to battle over custody and finances, including their winery in France.