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Frank McCourt wants Jamie’s spousal support reduced

Jul 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce reports that Frank McCourt filed a motion in his divorce case today — or will shortly — asking that the $600,000-a-month spousal support he pays to Jamie be reduced.  Frank says “I simply can’t afford to support Jamie’s lifestyle anymore.” Don’t tell anyone I said this, but word on the street is that Frank is broke, see?

According to the motion, the only real income Frank has right now that isn’t encumbered is the $5 million a year he gets from Dodger Stadium parking, and that’s less than what he’s paying in spousal support.

In an unusually sensible utterance, Frank notes in his motion that the seven houses currently in Jamie’s name — on which he is paying the mortgage — may be a bit excessive. Would that he have thought so back when they were married!  Oh well, too late for that.  For now he notes that in the past year, he’s paid $8 million in mortgages on Jamie’s houses, while taking $600,000 for himself.

There will be a hearing on this on August 10th.  Finances aside, one wonders how this guy can continue to run the Dodgers simply from a time-management perspective. Guy is constantly in court.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    If you are rich and want to get married. The only thing I can say to you is PRE-NUP!

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      If you are rich and want to get married, you never marry a divorce attorney. And it’s twice as bad if she also looks like a schnauzer. Just from a personal pov anyway.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

        I didnt know she was an attorney. Who would marry a lawyer in first place? Oh right, sorry Craig!

      • IdahoMariner - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:46 PM

        schnauzer-resemblance notwithstanding, she’s actually out of his league.
        dude’s got no lips and no chin and beady eyes. he actually got lucky with her.

    • clydeserra - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      wasn’t the pre nup in this case the problem? or was it some other document?

      • cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

        Don’t recall if it was a pre-nup, but you are right; the Dodger’s ownership is a HUGE problem, at least from a baseball team ownership perspective. Craig had a great piece on it a while back, but to sum it up; the Dodgers were not meant to part of the communal property (you probably know all this clyde, bit I’ll sum it regardless in case you don’t). The team was supposed to be Frank’s wholly and completely. However the wrong draft of the agreement was signed due to the bungling of McCourt’s old law firm. Now it’s apparent that Jamie gets half the Dodgers ownership. In a real stroke of a$$ chafe for Frank, his old firm sued him before he could sue them. Not sure what they’re going after him for since they screwed him over but its typical of Frank that it works this way. He put the ‘less’ in ‘hapless’.

        I do believe all this agreement signing took place long after Frank & Jamie were married so its not a pre-nup so much as an ownership agreement.

    • dmodra - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM

      Or even if you aren’t rich.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    If you are gay and want to get married, the only thing I can say to you is, look at this mess and think it over again.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      “The sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of marriage. Anyone in here married? Does it feel like a gift from God to you?
      – Greg Giraldo [RIP]

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        He was one of the best comedians out there, it really sucks that he died so young. RIP

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    If they acquired this stuff while married it would not be protected in a pre-nup anyway.

    The fact that ANYONE could be awarded 600,000 in spousal support is ridiculous. There is no possible way to justify expenses in that amount, especially if she is not even paying her mortgage!

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

      I would guess that quite a lot of spousal support is idiotic, but $600k is absolutely ludicrous.

    • IdahoMariner - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      the amount of spousal support presumably reflects the parties’ income and assets and the “lifestyle” the parties both enjoyed while married. meaning, he’s paying that much, but he still has a pile of cash. so, there is a possible way to justify that amount — we are just talking about people who have way too much cash for us to even understand. When they were married, this is the kind of cash she had access to on a monthly basis, to pay the bills (yes, the mortgage) and to just piss away.

      what’s more infuriating is that this number was likely based on income/assets that were generated not by Frank’s hard work or free-and-clear assets, but by sucking the team dry.

  4. SmackSaw - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    He should run off to Majorca and open a bar. It worked for Curt Flood. Just disappear Frank.

  5. sasquash20 - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Wow 600k! And she is beat. Frank should have her whacked. Or he should shoot himself for marrying this ugly dog.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      If you make 500K and your wife wants 250K, you ain’t broke. Now if you make 30K, and your wife wants 15K you just might have to kill the bitch! I’m not moving back in with my moms because you ain’t in love anymore.
      -Chris Rock

  6. klbader - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Why would a bankruptcy court presiding over the Dodgers’ bankruptcy have any authority to modify Frank McCourt’s spousal maintenance payments? Unless, of course, he is making those payments from the Dodgers’ coffers rather than his own.

  7. kiwicricket - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    If you are robbing $5Million+ a year, and you still don’t have enough to pay spousal support….you’ve #%#@#* up.

  8. mgflolox - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    I wish to God there was a way to do a “Trading Places” with people like this.

    • Old Gator - Jul 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      How about remaking It’s a Wonderful Life?


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