Jolie's attorney claims: "What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children."
While Pitt's attorneys, in legal documents obtained by TooFab, made it clear $8 million of the money he forked over to his estranged wife was a loan to buy a house for their six children, Jolie released a statement late Wednesday claiming he has her paying interest on the loan.
In a statement released to Us Weekly, Jolie's attorney Samantha Bley DeJean claimed: "Angelina’s filing of yesterday was both legally appropriate and factually accurate in all respects. What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children."
However, in legal documents filed Wednesday Pitt's legal team claimed the actor had not only loaned Jolie $8 million but also gave her over $1.3 million in the last 23 months for the care of their children. In addition, his attorneys asserted that Jolie's request for case management, citing unpaid child support, is a "thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage."
Jolie's legal representatives ignored that portion of the filing and focused instead on asserting that Pitt was also charging his ex interest on the reputed loan: "Following the incident of September 2016, Angelina and the children needed to move from the family home, which Brad chose to keep, including all of its contents. Brad was asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina and the children, but instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan. Angelina will of course honor that loan. A loan is not; however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate."
The statement went on to detail the agreement Jolie is seeking regarding child support: "Angelina is asking Brad to pay 50 percent of the children’s expenses. He has not. Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years. Child support is not optional in California.Typically a father of means would pay these expenses voluntarily without the need for a request or court order. We are hopeful that this can be resolved without further delay or posturing."
The debate over child support was kicked off earlier this week on Tuesday when Jolie's attorney DeJean filed a two page brief in Los Angeles Superior Court, stating: "[Pitt] has a duty to pay child support. As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation."
Since the former couple have yet to officially divorce, any financial agreement was an "informal arrangement" according to DeJean.
"Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children's expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file an RFO [a request for a court order] for the establishment of a retroactive child support order," the filing read.
However, an insider familiar with the situation told TooFab on Tuesday, "Brad always fulfills his commitments."
Reps for both Pitt and Jolie have been contacted by TooFab.