McCourt petitions for lower spousal support

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has asked a judge to lower the monthly spousal support payments he is required to pay his former wife during their divorce proceedings, according to multiple reports.

Last May, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ordered McCourt to pay his ex-wife, Jamie McCourt, $225,000 a month in spousal support and more than $400,000 to maintain multiple homes. However, in court documents filed last week, McCourt claims he can no longer afford to support his former wife’s extravagant lifestyle.

McCourt has reportedly paid more than $5 million to pay the mortgages of seven homes of the last year, in addition to shelling out $2.7 million in temporary spousal support. Court filings show that Jamie McCourt has refused to rent out or sell the seven properties, all of which are titled in her name.

McCourt claims that while the Dodgers are his property, the homes belong exclusively to Jamie. He has officially requested that the homes be sold in the event that the court rules that both the team and properties belong to the McCourts together.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in June, in a move to preserve his ownership of the team despite his financial hardships. In a statement, McCourt said the team was forced to declare bankruptcy after Major League Baseball refused to approve a media transaction between the Dodgers and Fox television that would have generated millions of dollars.