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Angelina Jolie's Lawyer Quits Following Actress' Hostile Behavior Towards Brad Pitt

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For more than a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were known as one of Hollywood's most beloved couples, and lovingly dubbed "Brangelina" by the public.

Sadly, their relationship bit the dust in 2016 after Jolie filed for divorce and the former power couple have been at war ever since.

The World War Z actor first spoke out on the separation in a candid 2017 interview with GQ Style, where he discussed his longtime dependency on drugs and alcohol.

“I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know—things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem,” Pitt confessed.  

"I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, um — cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I'm running from feelings . . . I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good," he continued.

After admitting his flaws, Pitt said his six children are his main priority in life, and is committed to becoming a better father.

"Family first. People on their deathbeds don't talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets—that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who's let the work take me away," he shared.

"Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained," he added. "They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I'm not hearing. I want to be better at that."

However, Jolie mustn't have taken her former flame's words to heart, as their contentious custody battle has yet to be settled.  

The Girl, Interrupted actress was granted primary custody of their children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, but according to TMZ, was close to losing it in June after she allegedly restricted Pitt's access to the kids.

After the two parents - who still aren't legally divorced - couldn't come to a private agreement, their judge created a detailed schedule for Pitt and ruled Jolie couldn't monitor their children's conversations with him.

TMZ later broke the news that famed attorney Laura Wasser was going to quit her position as Jolie's lawyer after the Maleficent star was more "contentious than necessary" during the divorce proceedings.

Wasser, who's represented other big name clients such as Ryan Reynolds, Kim Kardashian, and Johnny Depp, is known as a divorce lawyer who works on promoting settlements and co-parenting - which isn't the avenue Jolie is allegedly interested in going down.

The source told the celebrity news website that Jolie is attempting to destroy any relationship Pitt has with the children, and is "fueled with anger and has gotten ridiculously unreasonable."

In a recent filing, which lists two new lawyers, Jolie has claimed Pitt hasn't paid "meaningful child support" since their separation and is asking the court to make him comply. She also asked the judge to issue a divorce decree this year, and resolve the custody and settlement issues afterwards.

“[Pitt] has a duty to pay child support,” Jolie’s attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, stated in a brief that was filed on August 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to NBC News. “As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation.”

The lawyer also added that the mother-of-six "intends to file an RFO [request for a court order] for the establishment of a retroactive child support order" for the past year and a half.

A spokesperson for Jolie told PEOPLE, “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 co-parents to their children.”

However, TMZ acquired Pitt's response, where he states in his own filing that he had loaned her $8 million for the home she currently lives in, and has already paid $1.3 million in child support.

Pitt's lawyer accused Jolie's efforts as "a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage." They also claimed they went to Jolie's attorneys a week prior to her filings to as for a quick divorce decree, but went to court first and was "calculated to increase the conflict."

Only time will tell when this saga will end.

Who do you agree with? Let us know if you're team Jolie or Pitt in the comments!

[H/T: PEOPLE, TMZ]

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