Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s bitter custody war just got a little stranger. As weird as it sounds, Judge John Ouderkirk, who is presiding over the custody settlement, was the same person who married them in 2014.
The estranged couple reached out to the retired judge in order to keep the divorce proceedings private. A court in Los Angeles recently gave them the green light to begin the custody trial, which is set to start on Dec. 4.
According to Radar Online, Ouderkirk officiated Jolie and Pitt’s wedding in the summer of 2014. The wedding took place in France at the couple’s esteemed Chateau Miraval estate.
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The pair exchanged vows in front of their six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox.
Although Ouderkirk is a good friend of the family, Jolie is not happy about him overseeing their divorce. This past summer, the judge ordered Jolie to give Pitt more access to his children and warned her that they need to spend more time with their father.
Insiders claim that Jolie’s view of Ouderkirk soured after the ruling. Despite taking Pitt’s side this summer, Ouderkirk has treated both parties equally and is expected to make a fair ruling next month.
While Pitt and Jolie prepare for the trial, insiders claim that he never wanted it to go this far. A source says that Pitt reached out to his estranged wife earlier this year in a bid to end their custody war.
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Pitt believes that battling it out in court will only hurt their children and damage them psychologically. Even if the judge takes Jolie’s side, Pitt does not think anyone will win. Unfortunately, Jolie was reportedly unwilling to budge and is determined to take primary custody of the brood.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have not commented about the rumors surrounding their divorce.