BRAD Pitt has fought back in a US court against Angelina Jolie’s claim that he has not paid adequate child support for the couple’s six children.
On Tuesday, Jolie claimed in court papers that her ex had not paid “meaningful child support” for their six kids since their 2016 split.
And on Wednesday, Pitt filed his own papers in Los Angeles, calling Jolie’s claims “unnecessary” and “a thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage”.
In the papers lodged with LA Superior Court, Pitt’s lawyers said he “adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid child support”.
In fact, they claim in the papers, Pitt has “previously loaned [Jolie] $US8 million ($A10.7 million) to assist her in purchasing her current residence and has paid $US1.3 million ($A1.7 million) in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”
As previously reported, Jolie filed court documents asking a judge to both finalise their divorce and force Pitt to pay child support for their six children, as well as retroactively pay for what he has allegedly missed as per an informal agreement. The duo married in 2014 after 11 years together.
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Jolie, 43, filed for divorce from Pitt, 54, in September of 2016 citing irreconcilable differences. Since then the split has been very public and at times contentious.
According to E! News, the couple is keen to formally end their marriage, but they are focused on the custody battle above all else. As a result, the process does not seem to be taking big steps forward.
A source reportedly told Us Weekly that Pitt has “contributed financially to the care, welfare and expenses” since the former couple’s break up. The insider also claimed that Jolie never requested child support from her ex until the recent court filing.
In June, US Weekly reported that Jolie and Pitt had reached a new temporary custody agreement, which laid out all of the dates during the [northern hemisphere] summer that the actor would have custody of Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, Vivienne, 10 and Knox, 10.
A spokeswoman for the actress hit back at the public nature of the reports in a statement: “This misleading leak is not in the best interests of the children. From the start, Angelina has been focused only on their health and needs, which is why it was so important that this last court hearing be conducted privately.
“It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.”
After the latest court filing, Jolie’s spokeswoman said: “The aim of Angelina’s routine court filing is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted coparents to their children.”
Originally published as Pitt slams ‘manipulative’ Jolie