California Supreme Court will not hear Brad Pitt custody case

The Supreme Court of California has rejected the appeal from actor Brad Pitt in his custody battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie, according to a report in Yahoo News

The publication reported that the state’s high court choose to honor the lower court’s ruling that will likely cause Pitt to once again go toe to toe with Jolie over the custody of their children.

“Petition for review & application for stay denied,” the court’s Wednesday decision state with no further explanation as to the reason for the denial. At the time the ruling was handed down Jolie was in London Wednesday with five of their children.

Jolie’s attorney, Robert Olson, offered a statement to USA Today on behalf of his client indicating that they were pleased with the state’s high court decision:

“Ms. Jolie is focused on her family and pleased that her children’s wellbeing will not be guided by unethical behavior,” the statement said. “As reinforced by California’s appellate courts, our judiciary prioritizes ethics and children’s best interests, and won’t tolerate judicial misconduct to reward the interests of a party. Ms. Jolie is glad for the family to now move forward cooperatively.”

Pitt’s spokesperson indicated that the actor was somewhat less enthused, saying that the California Supreme Court’s decision was only a reflection on their decision not to review a “technical procedural issue.”

The spokesperson said that the refusal does not change “the extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the trial judge—and the many experts who testified—to reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children’s best interests,” according to the statement.

According to Yahoo News, this decision means that the couple might have to settle for their current custody arrangement for their children, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13. Their oldest child, Maddox, is 20.

Pitt’s legal team plans to raise questions about California’s system of private judges, according to the publication’s report on the custody disagreements.