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Angelina Jolie’s demand to ditch divorce judge is a ‘stall tactic’ in settlement because Brad Pitt is ‘winning’

ANGELINA Jolie’s demand to ditch the divorce judge is a “low blow” and a “stall tactic” because ex Brad Pitt is “winning in the settlement,” a family friend claimed exclusively to The Sun.

The actress asked that John W. Ouderkirk, a private judge, be disqualified from the case because he was too late and not open enough about other cases he was hired for involving Brad’s attorney, Anne C. Kiley, according to court documents.

A new filing reads that during the proceedings, the judge had allegedly “failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel.”

But a source close to the case says Angelina is simply stalling as things are not working out in her favor when it comes to a settlement and custody arrangements for their six children, as they continue to hash it out.

“This is a low blow from Ange and a typical stall tactic used by people who don’t like how the case is going,” the family friend told The Sun.

“If you feel you are winning, you don’t try and stop the process and change the referee, so Ange’s latest move is testament to her frustration at the settlement not going her way.

“If it was, she would never want to rock the boat by requesting for their private judge to be removed.”

The source added: “Ange’s filing only serves the interests of someone who wants the process to continue indefinitely as it’s going to further delay their divorce being finalized and drag it out even longer.”

However, in court documents filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Maleficent actress claimed her ex’s attorney “actively advocated for Judge Ouderkirk’s financial interests in moving – over the opposing party’s opposition – to have his appointment (and his ability to continue to receive fees) extended in a high profile case.”

The paperwork also reads: “It doesn’t matter if Judge Ouderkirk is actually biased. Under California law disqualification is required so long as a person aware of the facts ‘might reasonably entertain a doubt’ about Judge Ouderkirk’s ability to remain impartial.”

The Sun understands the filing raises the controversial “repeat player” issue which has recently made headlines in the legal worlds of private arbitration and judges-for-hire.

Angelina’s divorce attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, also said: “As is set forth in the filing, all my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favors extended to either side.

“The only way litigants can trust the process is for everyone involved to ensure that there is transparency and impartiality.”

Angelina and Brad have been locked in a bitter battle since the actress filed for divorce back in 2016, two years after they tied the knot, and the case has been pushed back several times.

The pair share six kids: Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12.

Despite the divorce not being finalized, the pair are already officially single.

A judgement was filed in April last year which “restored their single status,” after they both asked for bifurcation, which was then granted, according to legal paperwork.

For the first time since their divorce, Brad has been seen visiting the children in recent weeks at the star’s multi-million dollar home, just minutes from his in the LA neighborhood of Los Feliz.

But he has still not been pictured out with their kids, while Angelina is regularly snapped being a doting mom, shopping and running errands with her brood.

The Sun has reached out to both Brad and Angelina’s reps for comment.

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