Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie SPENT USD 1 million each in divorce trial; Custody battle to go on for 6 more years?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's messy divorce trial, which has been ongoing since September 2016, reportedly could become "one of the most expensive divorce cases in Hollywood history in terms of legal fees."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce trial's private judge is said to have been paid close to USD 500,000. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie SPENT USD 1 million each in divorce trial; Custody battle to go on for 6 more years?
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Between domestic violence allegations and a heated custody battle, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's dramatic divorce trial has been ongoing since their fateful split in September 2016. The major bone of contention is the custody of their underage children as well as how to split their enormous estate, Château Miraval. LA divorce attorney Kelly Chang Rickert has recently revealed some candid details about Brangelina's divorce battle to Daily Mail.

"I think this could become one of the most expensive divorce cases in Hollywood history in terms of legal fees," Kelly predicted before adding how the divorce trial has been going on for over four years which makes it one of the longest celebrity cases we've ever seen. "I believe Angelina and Brad have already spent over USD 1 million each. They are both employing very reputable attorneys and Angelina has already gone through several," Rickert stated before elaborating how hourly rates range from between USD 1,000 to USD 1,500 while estimating that Brad and Angelina's lawyers may be billing 40 or 50 hours a week at times.

"They have also hired a private judge who probably bills around USD 900 to USD 1,000 an hour, so he is probably costing USD 10,000 a day. If they used him for a five-day trial, he would probably take USD 50,000 up front and another USD 10,000 to review paperwork beforehand. I would say they've paid the judge himself probably close to half a million dollars between them," Kelly added.

Recently, Jolie made headlines for selling a painting by Winston Churchill which is believed to have been a gift to her by Pitt and was sold for a massive USD 11.5 million at a London auction. Rickert noted that people questioned if Angelina selling the expensive painting was foreshadowing that she and Brad were close to settling. However, Kelly's "pessimistic divorce lawyer point of view" thinks the painting was sold so that the 45-year-old actress could pay more attorney's fees.

According to Rickert, Jolie might think she's getting sole custody of her kids but that is not the case. Rickert stated to Daily Mail that Angie can keep paying millions and millions but as long as the 57-year-old actor wants custody and fights for it, she's going to have to share. "Their youngest kids, twins Knox and Vivienne, are 12 so this could go on another six years until they reach the age of majority at 18. I've definitely had cases go on and on and on until the kids are adults," Kelly added.

Rickert noted how "very nasty ones keep going" and that Angelina changing her attorney is an indication that she's adamant to get her own way and isn't willing to give up. Kelly feels it's almost worse when people have the money because they'll just keep fighting and while other people eventually run out of money, Jolie "has the means to keep paying for lawyers."

Another point factoring into the expensive divorce trial is expert witness fees. It was in August 2020, when Brad's lawyers presented a list of 21 witnesses expected to be called by him for a child custody trial, which included several mental health experts while Angelina presented a list with seven witnesses, amongst which five were expert witnesses.

Family lawyer Joe Spirito disclosed to Daily Mail that fees vary depending on the type of experts but in the case of mental health experts or accountants, they're said to get around USD 500 an hour. "When you have experts that are in the mental health profession to evaluate custody it can cost USD 100,000 for the work done by one expert alone. In this case, there are several children and the marriage lasted several years so I wouldn't be surprised if in total legal fees were in excess of USD 1 million," Joe further divulged.

ALSO READ: Brad Pitt gets support from ex wife Jennifer Aniston amid Angelina Jolie's domestic abuse allegations?

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Here are some MUST KNOW facts about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie:

When did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get married?
August 23, 2014

How many children do Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have?
6

When did Angelina Jolie file for a divorce from Brad Pitt?
September 15, 2016

Which movies have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starred in?
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, By the Sea

Anonymous 1 month ago

She borrowed 8 million to buy a house close to him. Now she is claiming domestic violence. This just went to another level. It's called defamation. She really isn't that smart to incite false allegations.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Done will never see another movie or read anything about Angelina. She is irrelevant. All this pr is from her. She is a waste of time

Anonymous 1 month ago

I was over children's movies as soon as the kids reach 10 years old.

Anonymous 1 month ago

She keeps doing parental alienation

Anonymous 1 month ago

Both need to grow up. His married escort gf is a bad taste. Angie trying to hold on to him from Jen who still wants him. It's a circus!

Anonymous 1 month ago

I would hate to see Angelina without the drugs. Rolling eyes are not attractive.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Is he still dating married gf? I doubt that he wants anything to do with her after his PR took a beating.

Anonymous 1 month ago

She is not disclosing her own substance usage issues or affairs or toxic behavior Which is well known. Her pictures in Spain high as a kite. Running around I’m the United States in her pajamas. When will this come out.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Well Brad is stupid for allow g her to trash his name. While she has far more addictions than him. He knows the kids could be removed from both parents if he exposes her.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Will you not post how people really feel and true comments

Anonymous 1 month ago

Angelina should be sued for harassment. Parental alienation and defamation of character. What is he waiting for

Anonymous 1 month ago

Angelina should be sued for harassment. What is he waiting for

Anonymous 1 month ago

She just 11million from a painting. Give it time she spends money like water. Wo t be long she will be broke again.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Angelina father has Alzheimer’s and only comes out to support her when she begs him to say something. He is unstable

Anonymous 1 month ago

Angelina and her PR flacks need to stop harassing Pitt. She is also trying to destroy his fanbase. She has made false allegations of abuse. She is even using her dad to trash talk Pitt by exaggerating his drinking while refusing to admit to her own long running drug issues.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Jolie is stunning Pitt is dashing together they are fantabulous I mean only on the external

Anonymous 1 month ago

Jolie is not a good mother.

Anonymous 1 month ago

It’s not always the mother. It’s not always the father. We have no information to tell who it’s truly about in this case from the outside. And it’s none of our business

Anonymous 1 month ago

Angelina has spread numerous nasty attacks against Pitt. She is not disclosing her own substance usage issues or affairs or toxic behavior while painting Pitt in the worst light. He is not some violent alcoholic and has always been more stable than her. There is so much court documentation that discredits her many false claims. She called Pitt a deadbeat despite him paying her more than 10 mil

Anonymous 1 month ago

Jolie is a fool who has proven what a vindictive person she is. It is her alone who has dragged out this matter. Everytime it comes close to being decided she makes up a new claim. Pitt deserves it for leaving his first wife for this confused atma. Too bad.

Anonymous 1 month ago

He did not leave Aniston. He ended an unhappy marriage and moved on. So sad that people are still being so vindictive because they bought his ex's version of the divorce from 15 years ago.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Brad Pitt does not deserve it. No one deserves to deal with false allegations of abuse.

Anonymous 1 month ago

She is so selfish.

Anonymous 1 month ago

The kids opinion counts after certain age, they will be asked who they want to stay with..maybe at 12-14

Anonymous 1 month ago

The kids are suffering from severe Parental Alienation syndrome. Kids can be brainwashed and Angelina has groomed them

Anonymous 1 month ago

Not really. They don’t get a choice because they are minors. When they reach 18 then they can decide for themselves.

Anonymous 1 month ago

They will carry on untill the children are old and married. Then they will be bankrupt and the lawyers filthy rich!!!

Anonymous 1 month ago

Lol