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Former Dodgers owner favored by judge in contested divorce case

Greenville Dodgers fans likely know the name Frank McCourt, the man who owned the team until 2012. The Dodgers sold that year for more than $2 billion. Also in 2012, Frank McCourt and his wife of roughly thirty years got a divorce. McCourt's ex-wife then contested their divorce settlement agreement, an action that bound her to reimburse her ex-husband for his legal fees according to the language of the settlement. Her attorneys argued that the amount sought by McCourt, nearly $2 million, was excessive, but a superior court judge ruled in favor of the former Dodgers owner on June 24, 2014.

When McCourt's ex-wife contested their divorce agreement, she stated that he'd lied about the value of the Dodgers and said that them worth less than they actually were. Her accusations were rejected in court in September. McCourt reportedly spent $1.9 million in attorney's fees fighting his ex-wife. Unless successfully appealed within 15 days of June 24, the judge's decision will force McCourt's ex to give him the $1.9 million.

The 2012 divorce settlement awarded a large tax-free settlement of $131 million to McCourt's ex as well as luxury homes they'd bought during their marriage. The judge stated in his decision that the settlement had been thoroughly thought out and negotiated by both parties and that it had clearly been meant to bring divorce litigation to an end.

North Carolina couples considering an end to their marriage must be separated for a year before obtaining a fresh start by getting a divorce. An attorney could assist with a separation as well as prepare for legal issues surrounding a divorce by helping to evaluate property value and negotiating a fair distribution. An attorney might also suggest solutions for child custody, alimony and child support that are in the best interest of their client.

Source: ABC News, "Judge Favors Frank McCourt in Divorce Fees Fight", Anthony McCartney, June 26, 2014

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