Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s bitter divorce battle is on track to become Hollywood’s most expensive-ever in terms of legal fees – and could last for another six years, according to legal experts.
The pair have been trapped in a courtroom confrontation since Angie, 45, filed for divorce from Brad, 57, in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.
Los Angeles legal experts say they have each spent more than $ 1 million in legal fees each – and say the custody battle could go on for another six years.
The parents of six have still not reached a settlement on how to divide their multimillion-dollar fortune or custody of their five underage children.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been stuck in a courtroom confrontation since Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016 citing irreconcilable differences.
Brad is aiming for 50/50 custody of their six children and Angie wants to keep full physical custody. A legal expert said, “Angelina seems to think she can get custody of the children, but that’s just not the case.” Pictured in 2019
Angie recently sold a painting of Winston Churchill that Brad is said to have given her.
Rumors quickly spread that she had unloaded the artwork – which was sold at auction in London earlier this month for a record $ 11.5 million – to support her legal war chest for the upcoming battle with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. actor Brad.
LA divorce attorney Kelly Chang Rickert told DailyMail.com exclusively, ‘I think this could become one of the most expensive divorce cases in Hollywood history in terms of legal costs’
LA divorce attorney Kelly Chang Rickert told DailyMail.com, “I think this could turn out to be one of the most expensive divorce cases in Hollywood history in terms of legal fees.
It’s been going on for over four years now, so it’s definitely one of the longest celebrity cases we’ve ever seen.
“I believe Angelina and Brad have each spent over $ 1 million each.
They both employ very reputable lawyers and Angelina has been through several.
Hourly rates can range from $ 1,000 to $ 1,500 and I estimate that sometimes these attorneys charge 40 or 50 hours a week.
They also hired a private judge who probably bills about $ 900 to $ 1,000 an hour, so it probably costs $ 10,000 a day.
If they were to use it for a five-day trial, it would probably take $ 50,000 up front and another $ 10,000 to review the paperwork beforehand.
“I would say they probably paid the judge themselves nearly half a million dollars,” she added.
When Angelina recently sold the painting at auction, people asked if that meant they were close to reaching a settlement.
“I actually think she sold it to pay more attorney fees, that’s just my pessimistic stance from a divorce attorney,” Rickert said. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised it is for that, but it could be for other things as well.
Angelina seems to think she can get custody of the kids, but that’s just not the case.
She can keep paying millions and millions and millions, but as long as Brad wants custody and fights for it, she’s going to have to share.
One of the main assets at stake in the bitter divorce case is the former couple’s vineyard and chateau at Chateau Miraval in Correns, France. Brad and Angelina bought the property in 2008 for $ 67 million and were married there in August 2014
The Eternals star Angelina recently sold a painting of Winston Churchill that Brad is said to have gifted her. Rumors quickly spread that she had unloaded the artwork – which was sold at auction in London earlier this month for a record $ 11.5 million – to support her legal war chest for the upcoming battle with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. actor Brad
Their youngest children, twins Knox and Vivienne, are 12, so this could take another six years until they come of age at 18.
“I’ve certainly had cases that went on and on, until the kids were grown.
“Very annoying to keep going and Angelina to switch lawyers is an indication that she needs to get her way and is not willing to give up. It’s almost worse when people have the money because they just keep fighting.
“Other people have run out of money, but Angelina has the means to keep paying for lawyers.”
Another factor that brings the ex-couple – formerly known as Brangelina – back to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars is the fees for expert witnesses.
In August last year, Brad’s attorneys presented a list of 21 witnesses he expected to be sued for child custody lawsuit, including several mental health experts.
Meanwhile, Angie presented a list of seven names, five of which are expert witnesses.
When asked about the costs of these experts, family attorney Joe Spirito said, “ It depends on the type of expert, but for mental health experts or accountants, I would expect them to get about $ 500 an hour.
If you have mental health professionals to evaluate guardianship, it could cost $ 100,000 for the work done by one expert alone.
“In this case, there are multiple children and the marriage has lasted several years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the total legal costs exceed $ 1 million.”
The couple’s youngest children, twins Knox and Vivienne (pictured), are 12, so the battle for custody could last another six years until they come of age at 18.
One of the main assets at stake in the bitter divorce case is the former couple’s vineyard and chateau at Chateau Miraval in Correns, France.
Brad and Angie bought the property in 2008 for $ 67 million and were married there in August 2014.
Mr. Spirito said, “In California, we are a state of community ownership, which means it is presumed that if you acquire real estate after you get married, that is community property.
If one of the parties claims they bought the property before marriage and then put their spouse on the title, they can request a refund for the amount they put into it.
‘It can get really complicated and people are hiring accountants to try and track the money and see what is community and what is separate.
“ Due to the fact that it is overseas, California may not have jurisdiction over the estate, but funds in California could be used to offset the asset in France. ”