Good grief! A divorce with $19 million dollars in attorney fees? According to
the LA Times, the divorce between the Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie McCourt has already cost that much and the parties haven't even had a trial yet! Teams of lawyers and accountants are working on the case.
According to the Times:
Frank and Jamie McCourt's divorce could become one of the costliest splits in California history, with attorneys and accountants commanding as much as $19 million in fees — more than the Dodgers will spend on their starting infield this season.
Frank McCourt has estimated his "divorce-related expenses" at $5 million to $10 million, according to court filings. Jamie McCourt has estimated her expenses at $9 million — and asked that her estranged husband be ordered to pay them.
The amazing thing is that the McCourts, at some point in time after the marriage, signed a postnuptial agreement. That should have made this an easy case. At least it would have done so if this had been a Michigan case.
Michigan courts do not usually look at whether a postnup is unconscionable or fair in deciding whether to enforce a post-nuptial agreement. There is one case with a specific fact pattern that was decided otherwise and the court of appeals said the agreement was "against public policy."
The LA Times article "High cost of McCourts' divorce: $19 million in fees" may be read here.