Things are getting nasty in the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt divorce case, and it is all because it has finally hit her that the relationship is over. According to sources, Jolie simply doesn’t like Pitt anymore, and she is now “out for blood” when it comes to getting custody of their six kids and child support, and her goal is to “embarrass and punish” her ex.
Insiders claim that Jolie fights anyone who suggests that Pitt is a good dad who deserves to see his kids, and that could be part of the reason she chose to part ways with superstar divorce lawyer Laura Wasser. Jolie recently switched her counsel in the divorce case, and Samantha Bley DeJean is now representing her.
As I’ve always said, Angelina Jolie is a master manipulator when it comes to PR but now these games are proving to be her undoing. All Brad Pitt has ever wanted was kids – just settle the divorce, joint custody, and move on. https://t.co/RFfBacvbR4
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) August 25, 2018
The move surprised many since Wasser is one of the most sought-after celebrity divorce lawyers in the business. Some of her past A-list clients include Johnny Depp, Stevie Wonder, Ryan Reynolds, and Kim Kardashian.
The lawyer switch could be a sign that Jolie is changing her legal strategy and wants a legal team who is ready for a fight. Jolie’s rep Mindy Nyby said that the Oscar winner picked Bley DeJean because she is an expert in protecting the best interests of the children.
A look at what's happening with the never-ending saga of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie divorce https://t.co/Q2jhS5HtUn
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 29, 2018
But Wasser has a history of promoting settlements and co-parenting agreements, and that reportedly put her at odds with Jolie over strategy.
TMZ has reported that Jolie wants to “kill any relationship Pitt has with his kids,” and that is why she made Bley DeJean her lead attorney, so that she will take a more aggressive approach. One of the first things she did on Jolie’s behalf was to accuse Pitt of not paying “meaningful child support” over the past two years.
Pitt has wanted to keep the custody battle private and thinks that Jolie’s decision to take things public is bad for the kids. And, it has also been bad for Jolie. Even though she has a public image of being a champion for children, she has taken a hit in the media when it comes to her own kids.
Angelina Jolie has parted ways with her lawyer and has hired new counsel — read her statement regarding her divorce case from Brad Pitt: https://t.co/Nat21oXRne
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) August 27, 2018
When Jolie and Pitt first split, she had the high ground. But now, Pitt has proven to be a good father who wants to see his kids, and Jolie is coming across as a bitter ex trying to keep him from doing just that.
The former couple currently has a temporary court-ordered custody agreement that has allowed Brad Pitt more time with their six children. But before the judge in their case set up the schedule earlier this summer, Angelina Jolie was in complete control and was keeping the kids from him.
This battle is far from over. And chances are it will get nastier before it gets settled.