The Los Angeles Dodgers 2010 season got off to a rocky start yesterday with an 11-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates (here in Orange County, the Anaheim Angels had a better opening Day – winning 6-3). As the players settle in for a long summer of baseball, however, uncertainty hangs over the team in the form of the California divorce proceedings of owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie.
News of the couple’s impending Southern California divorce broke just as the 2009 season was winding down, and has been an unfortunate feature of California baseball talk throughout the winter. As the players prepared for Opening Day, Los Angeles divorce court officials say a date has been set for the divorce trial. According to ABC News, the couple’s case is scheduled to be heard in a California divorce court beginning August 30. The network, quoting a court official, reports that the trial is expected to last 11 days.
According to the Associated Press, Jamie McCourt is seeking temporary spousal support of $1 million per month. Frank McCourt’s lawyers say he can’t afford that because much of his money is tied up in real estate (and, therefore, is relatively illiquid). They have reportedly offered Jamie $150,000 per month.
According to media reports the Dodgers are likely to be a key issue in the McCourt divorce. Frank McCourt says a marital agreement signed in 2004 gives him sole ownership of the team. His lawyers contend that takes the franchise out of the mix in any computation of California community property. Baseball fans have spent the winter wondering if the struggle over ownership will leave the Dodgers front office essentially adrift as the 2010 season progresses – particularly if the divorce proceeding lead, one way or another, to the team being put up for sale.
On a more mundane level, debate over the marital agreement highlights the complexities that accompany any California divorce – complexities that underscore the need for an experienced and detail-oriented Los Angeles or Orange County divorce lawyer. This is true regardless of how large or small a settlement you hope to negotiate. Navigating the California family court system is never easy. Having a skilled Orange County divorce attorney on your side can, however, smooth the journey, even as it helps assure that you get everything you deserve as part of the negotiation of an Orange County divorce settlement.
ABC News.com: August trial slated in McCourt divorce case
AP at Huffington Post: McCourt divorce: Jamie McCourt seeks nearly $1 million per month