According to Entertainment Tonight, Jolie went to court earlier this week to claim Pitt hasn’t made any significant child support payments; Pitt countered by alleging he’s already paid millions.
Jolie’s lawyers filed court documents on Tuesday that alleged Pitt has not paid “meaningful” child support for over a year and indicated Jolie intends to obtain a court order that would force Pitt to pay up. “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,” Jolie’s spokesperson told ET.
In the subsequent court documents filed by Pitt’s lawyers, also obtained by ET, Pitt’s lawyers argue he has more than $9 million since they separated in 2016, which admittedly is a pretty meaningful amount of money to most people. Of that amount, $8 million came in the form of a loan intended to help Jolie buy her current home, while $1.3 million was specifically for her and the children. Pitt’s lawyer went one step further and accused Jolie’s lawyers of pushing for a hearing in an attempt to “increase the conflict,” especially since this is the first they’ve heard of child support issues. They called the request “unnecessary” and a “thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”
This is just the latest episode in the couple’s complicated post-breakup negotiations. There are six children involved: Knox and Vivienne, both 10, Shiloh, 12, Zahara, 13, Pax, 14, and Maddox, 16. Back in June, a judge ordered Jolie to mend the children’s relationships with Pitt, which resulted in the actor getting increased time with them this past summer.