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High-Profile Divorce | Pennsylvania Family Law Blog - The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz - Part 2

Frank McCourt Asks Judge to Lower Spousal Support Payments Owed to Jamie McCourt

By Sheryl Rentz on July 19, 2011

Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, recently made a request to a judge that the spousal support payments he is giving to his ex-wife Jamie McCourt be reduced, according to USA Today. The contentious McCourt divorce involves the Dodgers’ ownership. A hearing is scheduled for early August.

Court documents show that Frank McCourt has paid over $5 million over the past year for the mortgages of a condominium and six homes, in addition to approximately $2.7 million he paid in temporary spousal support to Jamie McCourt. He believes the payments should reflect the $5 million he allegedly receives every year, and that his ex-wife herself should either sell the properties or pay the mortgages. Her attorneys have said that Frank McCourt should sell his half of the Dodgers assets if his personal finances are truly so desperate. Read the rest »

Maria Shriver Files for Divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger

By Sheryl Rentz on July 5, 2011

On Friday, July 1, Maria Shriver filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger, ending her 25 years of marriage to California’s former governor, reports The Los Angeles Times. Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Shriver also requested joint custody of the couple’s two minor-aged children. The couple has two other older aged children. Read the rest »

Contentious Divorce Between Frank and Jamie McCourt Leaves Fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Question

By Sheryl Rentz on April 27, 2011

The divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt involves not only millions of dollars, seven homes, and large demands of spousal support, but also the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most famous baseball teams in the United States. The couple has been married for 30 years.

According to The Telegraph, Jamie McCourt alleges she is a co-owner of the Dodgers and disagrees with Frank McCourt’s claim that she signed her rights away to the baseball team in exchange for the seven homes owned by the couple. In addition to half the share in the team she also wants close to $1 million a month in spousal support to maintain her lifestyle, and also wants Frank McCourt to pay $568,000 a month on the mortgages on their homes. She is also asking for $9 million to pay for her accountants and divorce attorneys. Jamie McCourt is also demanding 24-hour security at the homes as well as unlimited travel expenses, as well as her old job at the Dodgers back. Before last fall, Jamie McCourt served as the team’s chief executive. Read the rest »

Dodgers’ Owner and Chief Executive Still Sift Through Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on November 25, 2009

While questions about the Dodgers’ future still abounds, there is still much uncertainty regarding what will happen for owner Frank McCourt and chief executive Jamie McCourt. According to a latimes.com article, there has been much “buzz” in the media over how Frank allegedly fired Jamie and “branded her with a scarlet letter”. Another big issue in the divorce filings relates to the large annual expenses that Jamie is saying she needs to maintain the lifestyle of a baseball owner. While no one can really blame the questionable ownership of the Dodger franchise for the team’s performance in the National League Championship Series, this separation emphasizes the many challenges a divorce may create.

Similar to the McCourts, some married couples experience long-term tension that is often difficult to hide from close friends and family, and especially children. The couple formally closed the purchase of the Dodgers from News Corp. in January 2004 for approximately $430 million. Although there has been no word on whether the McCourts will sell the franchise as a means of dividing their assets, such an option is one that they may explore. However, based on the report, Frank claims that the Dodgers belong to him and him alone, while Jamie claims that she owns part of the team. Read the rest »

Stephanie Seymour’s Divorce to Peter Brant Gets Chaotic

By Sheryl Rentz on November 4, 2009

A recent article on nypost.com demonstrates how some divorces can get out of hand, and fast. Ex-supermodel Stephanie Seymour’s divorce to pony breeder and polo player Peter Brant has become full of allegations, making legal matters much more complicated. Filed in the state of Connecticut, the divorce is turning ugly, and fast. Brant has claimed that Seymour has quite a few bad habits that have consequently cost him thousands of dollars. For example, Brant says that Seymour spends $257, 000 per month, with an average of $50,000 alone going towards the purchase of new clothes. Read the rest »

Tracy Morgan and Wife Divorce after 23 Years of Marriage

By Sheryl Rentz on September 2, 2009

On Friday, August 7, 2009, comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, 40 filed for divorce from his wife, Sabina, in Bronx Supreme Court. Tracy Morgan and his wife were high school sweethearts and were married for 23 years. However, the couple is suspected of having been separated for about eight years. Said a friend of the former couple’s in an article from the NY Daily News, “Basically they were divorced without the paperwork”. Read the rest »

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Gibson’s Divorce Settlement to Be Most Expensive in Hollywood History

By Sheryl Rentz on May 8, 2009

Mel Gibson’s wife of nearly 30 years – Robyn Gibson – has filed for divorce, according to a recent news report. Gibson cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split from the 53-year-old Gibson. The couple has had seven children since their marriage in 1980. Any divorce settlement in their case would be the most expensive in Hollywood history. Gibson’s assets are estimated at around $900 million. California law states that community property and earnings shall be divided 50/50 in divorce cases where there is no prenuptial agreement in place. Read the rest »

Patricia Arquette Cites Irreconcilable Differences as Reason for Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on March 11, 2009

On January 5, 2009, actress Patricia Arquette — perhaps best known for her starring role in the NBC series Medium — filed suit in Superior Court to dissolve her two and a half year marriage to Thomas Jane. The couple married in May of 2006, and they have a five year old daughter together named Harlow whom Patricia Arquette is aiming to get full child custody.

Sources close to the couple suggest that tensions between the pair began to boil late in 2008, when Jane admitted to having driven drunk. Some speculate that Jane — who has acted in such movies as The Punisher (2004) and The Mist (2007) — had been growing increasingly jealous of Arquette’s high profile. Others suggest that he was privately bitter over her winning an Emmy for her performance in Medium. Read the rest »

Guy Ritchie and Madonna Split After Eight Years

By Sheryl Rentz on February 25, 2009

On November 22, 2008, a London Court unceremoniously dissolved the marriage of British film director Guy Ritchie and American pop superstar Madonna. Madonna had filed for the separation, claiming that Ritchie had exhibited unreasonable behavior. The court took all of a minute to dissolve the marriage, and neither Madonna or Ritchie nor their attorneys were around to hear Judge Reid deliver the decree nisi.

The Madonna-Ritchie separation was a remarkably low-key affair — especially when compared to the bloodbath that was the divorce of former Beatle, Paul McCartney, and his ex, Heather Mills.

All told, it’s estimated that Madonna’s personal fortune is worth nearly half a billion dollars, while Ritchie’s assets total nearly $50 million. The couple will share custody of their two boys, an eight year old son named Rocco and a three year old adopted son named David Banda. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter with an ex-boyfriend, Carlos Leon. The Friday afternoon court hearing in which the decree nisi was pronounced also featured the dissolution of 17 other marriages. Read the rest »

WWF Superstar Bodyslammed with Surprise Divorce Charge

By Sheryl Rentz on February 11, 2009

On November 25, 2007, distressing news broke for WWF legend Hulk Hogan. His wife of many years, Linda Hogan, had filed for divorce through the Pinellas County Court in Florida. Hulk (whose legal name is Terry Bollea) and Linda had starred in their own reality television series on the VH1 Channel called Hogan Knows Best. Towards the end of the season, the show featured Linda and Hulk attending counseling sessions together, but the show concluded with the couple finding common ground. Read the rest »

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