Angelina Jolie’s attempt to change judges in her divorce case with Brad Pitt has been denied. Judge John W. Ouderkirk presiding over their long split process will remain in place.
In August, Angelina requested to have John W. Ouderkirk, the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt and the one who married the former couple in 2014, removed, claiming that Ouderkirk is involved with Pitt’s attorneys law firm before being given the ex-couple’s divorce case. But according to new court documents filed on Monday and obtained by PEOPLE, the Superior Court of California in Orange County has ruled that Judge John W.Ouderkirk will remain on the case.
According to the ruling, Jolie had not met the burden of proof in order for legal grounds to suggest the removal of Ouderkirk. The court also states that Jolie’s request to remove Ouderkirk is “untimely,” given the actress, knew about his appointment for over two years now.
Ouderkirk, previously denied that he had no personal bias or prejudice concerning one of the parties in the case and that he can and will remain impartial in Pitt and Jolie’s case.
Judge John W. Ouderkirk said in August, “I will continue to consider accepting other cases as other additional cases may arise from time to time while the Jolie/Pitt case is still pending. Such other cases might involve a party, lawyer‚ law firm and/or witnesses involved in the Jolie/Pitt matter.”
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and she and Pitt were legally declared single last year as the finalization of their divorce continues.
The former couple has six children together: Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, and Knox, 12, and daughters Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and Vivienne, 12.