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The 9 Most Expensive Cities For Getting A Divorce

Divorce lawyer Spencer WilliamsBusiness Insider consulted with the divorce lawyers of Cordell & Cordell for analysis of “The 9 Most Expensive Cities For Getting A Divorce,” which it calculated based on the average rate for divorce attorneys in cities across the country.

Cordell & Cordell partner Spencer Williams offered his insight into why cities like Dallas, Philadelphia, and Newark are so expensive when it comes to divorce (Los Angeles topped the list at an average rate of $350).

A problematic trend in many of these high-priced divorce cities is couples opting to pursue a divorce without hiring representation.

Many make the analogy to persons considering self-representation (or pro se) to that of a person who has a cracked tooth or a broken arm deciding to fix themselves without a dentist or doctor.

Can they fix the problem? Certainly. Will they enjoy the long-term ramifications of the do-it-yourself fix? Almost certainly not.

The expense of receiving legal advice on divorce from a qualified family law attorney may seem unaffordable at the time of divorce, but the cost in money, time, and peace of mind of not retaining a lawyer is most likely much greater in the long run.

Read the full article: “The 9 Most Expensive Cities For Getting A Divorce.”

Dodgers divorce settlement finally reached saga ends for Frank McCourt

The ongoing divorce battle between former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie has finally come to an end, as an expensive settlement was reached in order to end the dispute, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, the agreement was reached that left Jamie with $131 million by the end of April 2012, as the binding settlement was filed by lawyers for both parties.

The agreement calls for the lump sum to be paid fully in cash by this date, and Frank McCourt can save a comparatively minute sum if he is able to make the payment by this deadline.

Jamie McCourt didn’t just receive the massive $131 million that she may get before April, as the ex-wife will also get four properties that total $50 million, while Frank only gets to keep two residences, the AP reported.

The Los Angeles Times reported that despite the massive payout to his ex-wife, McCourt will still be responsible for spousal support funding that totals $225,000 per month until the final $131 million is given to Jamie.

Dodgers owner divorce settlement could be costliest in California history

Frank and Jamie McCourt have reportedly reached a divorce settlement that could give the Dodgers owner control over his team again, but may cost him more than $130 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The owner of the Dodgers may end up having to give his ex-wife the largest sum that has ever been recorded in California, as the settlement could be one of the costliest to ever occur in the U.S., according to the newspaper.

Jamie McCourt noted that the lifestyle that she became accustomed to while Frank owned the team led to the high-priced settlement.

“Frank and I enjoyed the many perquisites and benefits that come with owning a Major League Baseball team,” said McCourt, according to court documents.

Frank McCourt almost lost control of the Dodgers due to the messy divorce that occurred right before the couple celebrated their 30th anniversary, the Times reported.

The Associated Press reported that Jamie McCourt requested that the court order Frank to relinquish control of the team, on top of providing her with the $130 million.

Spousal support debated at McCourt divorce battle

The divorce saga of Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is continuing as a judge has agreed to consider reducing the amount of spousal support paid, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Frank McCourt was previously ordered to pay $225,000 per month in alimony and more than $400,000 a month to maintain the ex-couple’s six homes and one condominium. He argued, however, that he has already paid more than $5 million annually to cover the homes and that his ex-wife should pay the mortgages herself or sell the properties.

Due to the divorce and resulting financial instability, the Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in August 2011 and Major League Baseball assumed the club’s day-to-day operations in April of that year.

After going through very public divorces, some celebrities have shied away from other marriages. Eva Longoria, the actress who filed for divorce from basketball star Tony Parker in late 2010, recently told Fox News that she wasn’t sure if she would ever marry again. She has been reportedly dating the brother of actress Penelope Cruz since January 2011.

Children located after allegedly kidnapped by mother

Children who were allegedly kidnapped from Los Angeles County four years ago by their mother, in violation of a child custody agreement, have been found in Mexico, Fox News reports.

The three children are the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller of California.

According to the news source, Jennifer Lopez DeJongh allegedly fled with her three sons, violating an agreement for child custody with ex-husband Brian Miller. The kids were found in Tijuana, Mexico, and transferred to U.S. authorities. Soon, the 12-year-old and his 10-year-old twin brothers will be reunited with their family.

DeJongh and her husband, George DeJongh, were arrested and the mother is currently being held on $500,000 bail. She faces up to three years in prison for the charge of child custody deprivation.

The Los Angeles Times reports that DeJongh and Miller were in a battle over custodial rights regarding medical and educational decisions before the alleged kidnapping.

Rep. Gary Miller thanked everyone involved with returning his grandchildren, stating that he would like to express “my deep appreciation for all of my colleagues, friends and constituents who have given my family their support and their prayers during this extremely difficult time.”