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Former Dodgers' owner wins divorce fees

In Georgia and elsewhere, a contested divorce can easily become a complex wrangle of financial disputes, and these cases get even more complicated when legal fees are at issue. This was the case in California, where the principle asset owned by a divorcing husband and wife happened to be a major league baseball team. The couple finally managed to reach a settlement but found themselves back in court when the ex-wife contested the agreement.

To discourage post-divorce modifications, a stipulation in the marital settlement held that any party contesting the settlement would have to pay the other party's legal fees. Nevertheless, the wife filed a motion to have the settlement overturned; further clouding the matter, meanwhile, was a $36 million lawsuit filed by a fan who claimed the team was directly responsible for a beating suffered at the ballpark.

The wife claimed that Frank McCourt seriously undervalued the team when he sold it for $2 billion. The judge in the matter rejected the claim for agreement modification; after the decision went against the wife, the McCourt's legal team presented their opponents with a bill for $2 million in fees. The wife responded by charging excessive fees. The judge subsequently denied the charge and ordered full payment.

Regardless of a divorce's coverage or publicity, each situation comes with a slew of unique and challenging obstacles. Individuals anticipating an end to their marriage may benefit by contacting an attorney. Whether in the beginning stages or in the litigation process, an attorney may assist their client in outlining and negotiating a fair settlement between the two spouses.

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

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