Angelina Jolie has confirmed reports she’s switching lawyers in her ongoing divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband Brad Pitt.
The actress has released a statement via a spokesperson announcing Samantha Bley Dejean as her representative going forward in the case after previously working with top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser.
“Angelina has decided to change counsel to Samantha Bley Dejean, as Samantha’s expertise is the protection and best interest of children,” representative Mindy Nyby says.
“Angelina appreciates Laura’s co-operation in transitioning the case over the past several weeks.”
Nyby previously denied a TMZ report, suggesting Wasser was quitting over conflicts with her actress client.
“I just spoke with Laura and the TMZ story is not true and she is not quitting now or in the future,” the spokesperson said earlier this month (Aug18).
Brad and Angelina, who share six kids – Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, reportedly agreed to a custody deal last week (ends24Aug18).
Bley Dejean recently fired up her client’s case after filing documents earlier this month (Aug18), in which she accused Pitt of paying “no meaningful child support since separation”.
She added, “Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by (Pitt) for over a year and a half, (Jolie) intends to file an R.F.O. (request for a court order) for the establishment of a retroactive child support order.”
A judge previously ordered Jolie to give Pitt more time with their six children, suggesting the actress should allow the kids’ father to spend more time with them.
“It is critical that each of (the six) children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” the judge’s report read.