Sunday 16 December 2018

Pitt hits back at Jolie over child support court claim

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a in New York before they split. Photo: Reuters
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a in New York before they split. Photo: Reuters

Rachael Alexander

Angelina Jolie has accused her husband Brad Pitt of not paying child support since their separation, in the latest twist of their long-running divorce battle.

Almost two years after the Hollywood power couple separated, Jolie is trying to kickstart the process so that it can be finalised by the end of the year.

Jolie's lawyer filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court saying the actress wanted a judgment "returning the parties to single status during the calendar year 2018." The document also said that Pitt had "paid no meaningful child support since separation" and said that although informal arrangements had been made with him, payments "had not been regularly sustained".

Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, ending two years of marriage and a 10-year romance that had made the pair one of Hollywood's most glamorous couples. They have six children for whom she is seeking primary custody.

Mindy Nyby, a spokeswoman for the actress, said the court filing was intended "to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path towards the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children".

But Pitt says he has given Jolie $1.3m (e1.1m) and lent her another $8m since their separation. The declaration in a court filing is meant to counter Ms Jolie's earlier assertion.

Mr Pitt's lawyers say the actor actually suggested the move to dissolve the marriage this year and it had already been agreed to.

They say in their document that the actress' court filing was an unnecessary attempt to manipulate media coverage.

Irish Independent

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