Louisiana readers who follow movie star news might recall that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in 2016. Now, five years later, the former spouses are back in court, still fighting over child custody issues. The case demonstrates that legal issues may sometimes arise that leave one parent or the other believing that he or she did not get a fair trial.
Jolie says that she wants a new judge assigned to her case
Jolie reportedly had asked the family court judge overseeing her child custody case to allow her children to testify in court. The judge denied the request. Jolie has since filed documents in court stating that the evidence her children would bring to the case is relevant to their safety and well-being. She further stated that the judge failed to consider a specific California code that states that child custody should not be granted to a parent with a history of domestic violence.
Pitt’s legal team says the trial was fair
Attorneys advocating on behalf of Pitt say that the judge carried out proceedings in a thorough and fair manner and issued a tentative ruling that is in the children’s best interests. Pitt’s legal team also said that the judge found Jolie’s testimony lacking in credibility. The modified custody order reportedly states that it would not serve the children’s best interests to continue to delay a ruling because the children need permanence and stability to move on in life.
Support is available for Louisiana parents
Child custody issues can be complex, especially if two parents disagree on what is best for their children, as is the case between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. A Louisiana family court judge reviews each case by its own merit and will rule in accordance with state guidelines in a manner that best fits a specific family’s needs and best interests. If a parent believes that he or she did not receive a fair trial, it may be possible to file an appeal. In which case, it is helpful to consult with an experienced family law attorney before doing so.