Angelina Jolie reportedly 'ramping up a battle' with Brad Pitt as divorce gets uglier


The divorce between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is getting more contentious than ever.

Days after reports surfaced that Jolie's divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, was parting ways with her client because she's "gotten ridiculously unreasonable" and "too venomous," Jolie's attorney Samantha Bley DeJean issued a Los Angeles court filing on Tuesday, August 7, claiming that Pitt has "paid no meaningful child support" since his separation from Jolie in September 2016.

Of the new public filing, Jolie's spokesperson told ET that "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."

Sources close to the situation, however, said that not only is the filing not accurate (Pitt has reportedly paid "millions" in child support over the last year and a half), but it's also part of Jolie's alleged effort to paint Pitt as a "deadbeat dad."

"The divorce case has been held in front of a private judge to keep it out of the press," a Pitt source told Page Six. "But she filed [the papers on Tuesday] in L.A. Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad -- which he isn't."

"Brad has completely lived up to his commitments as far as child support and will continue to do so," another source told the outlet, adding that Jolie has been "extremely difficult" during divorce proceedings.

A judge ruled back in June that Pitt should get more time with the couple's six children over the summer -- in addition to Jolie having to provide Pitt with cell phone numbers for each child with the ability to text them freely -- has also reportedly fueled Jolie's fury.

"Brad wants nothing more than to co-parent and the judge agreed," a source told ET. "The custody agreement is in full effect and that has left Angelina seething with resentment and looking for any way to control the situation."

Further, the actress "is not in need of money and could easily put a payment play together for child support with Brad without this aggressive approach, but this is the way she chooses to handle things."

"Angie is actually ramping up a battle, despite being advised to calm things down," the source went on. "She was looking for a more aggressive approach and her attorney's most recent steps clearly reveal that. She has gotten a reputation of being very unreasonable throughout this divorce and things seem to be getting worse."

Some sources claim to ET, however, that Jolie's latest move is simply "just an order for the marriage to be dissolved before all the other issues have been resolved," explaining that financial and child support issues need to be settled before the estranged couple's marriage can officially be over.

The biggest point of contention for Jolie remains that she allegedly doesn't want Pitt to be granted joint custody of their children. The couple's shocking split back in 2016 came after a blowup between Pitt and oldest son, Maddox, on a private plane which produced allegations that Pitt had gotten physical with his son. The FBI investigated the claims and found no evidence of truth behind them.

"Angie's big issue continues to be sharing joint custody with Brad," a source told Us Weekly. "She can't see past her anger for Brad that he is on his way to getting joint custody."

The couple's six children are currently living with Jolie for the summer in London, where the actress is filming "Maleficent 2." Pitt is back in Los Angeles, where the family usually lives during the year, filming Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.