Angelina Jolie’s new lawyer just filed legal documents that hints at one of the key reasons hanging up her divorce from Brad Pitt: Child support.
Angelina Jolie hugs children Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (L) and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt after winning award for Favorite Villain in “Maleficent’ during Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 2015. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
In the documents, the attorney Samantha Bley DeJean claims that the 54-year-old actor has not paid “meaningful child support” for their six children since their separation nearly two years ago, according to NBC News. Jolie and Pitt have had an “informal arrangement,” but Pitt — who by one estimate enjoys a net worth of $240 million — has not even lived up to that agreement.
“(Pitt) has a duty to pay child support,” DeJean said in a two-page brief filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. “As of present, (Pitt) has paid no meaningful child support since separation.”
In other words, Jolie’s legal team is saying that Pitt is a deadbeat dad.
The 43-year-old actress, director and globe-trotting humanitarian wants a judge to make a formal child support order and make it retroactive against Pitt, who also is a producer and self-styled architecture and design expert. And Jolie wants this order to come soon so that the judge can issue a final divorce decree by the end of the year. Meanwhile, her net worth is put at around $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Pitt’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News. A source close to the actor insisted, “Brad has fulfilled his commitments.”
These new legal filings come as people close to Jolie say her divorce fight with Pitt has entered “a new phase.”
There also was a report from TMZ Monday that Jolie was “out for blood” in her efforts to undermine Pitt’s relationship with their six children, ages 10 to 17. Moreover, her “nasty” and “venomous” demands had prompted her original divorce attorney Laura Wasser to quit. TMZ reported that Wasser is known in family law circles as an attorney who likes to promote settlements and co-parenting.
But Jolie’s spokeswoman took the rare step of issuing an on-the-record denial about Wasser leaving Jolie’s team. In a statement to People, Mindy Nyby insisted it’s “not true” that Wasser is quitting. “I’ve spoken directly to Laura,” Nyby told People. “The TMZ story is not true. She’s not quitting now or in the future.”
An insider told People that Wasser would stay on Jolie’s legal team as it shifts strategy in how to help her separate once and all from Pitt, her husband of two years and her lover for more than 10 years. “Someone is misinterpreting bringing in the experts, which is common at this point in the case,: the insider said. “It’s entering a new phase.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment