Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) April 3, 2010
Hard hitting Dodger Owners, Frank and Jamie McCourt, to begin the first inning of their divorce battle in the Los Angeles Court System. Attorney at Law and Legal Mentor, Demetria Graves, speculates on each side’s winning strategies and settlement demands.
How much is enough? The average American brings home around $2,500 a month, but Jamie McCourt, the estranged wife of Dodger owner Frank McCourt, is looking for much more than that. Frank McCourt has initially offered her $150,000 a month, to which she countered with $1,000,000 a month to pay for the lavish and debt-fueled lifestyle they each have become accustomed to. In addition to the divorce case, whose official proceedings just began in late March, is another case between the couple determining whether the rightful owner, or owners, of the Los Angeles Dodgers is both individuals. With stakes this high, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will win the case. Here to discuss the potential court outcomes is Family Attorney at Law and Legal Mentor, Demetria Graves, who is based out of Los Angeles, California.
When asked to comment on unique aspects of the case, Demetria Graves, Family Law Attorney, said, “This is an extremely interesting topic, considering there is a huge difference between Temporary Spousal Support, which Jamie is requesting, and Permanent Support.” According to California Family Law, the amount awarded in divorce proceedings can significantly increase for Temporary Spousal Support, given its brief nature. As Demetria Graves stated, “With Temporary Support, Commissioner Gordon has more discretion to consider not only the income of both Parties, but also the Standard of Living and the high wages of Frank which can change the normal scope of awarding spousal support.” Graves pointed out that Jamie McCourt’s focus on the McCourts’ Standard of Living, which is luxurious to say the least, on Frank McCourt’s multimillion dollar income, and on the California Family Code Section 4320 Factors (generally reserved for trial) should help her case.
On the other hand, Frank McCourt’s team will counter that Jamie McCourt’s requests are unreasonable. Family Law Attorney Graves posits that “Frank will argue, which his attorneys have pointed out, that Jamie is in ‘Fairy Tale Land’ and that their previous luxurious lifestyle does not support her request of 1 million dollars.” Graves notes, however, that “The alleged continued use of private jets, luxury vacations, etc. by the McCourts does not help the situation! If Frank McCourt wants to paint a picture of his estranged wife’s unrealistic view of their Standard of Living, he has to tone down his current lifestyle to help his case.”
When asked which number, $150,000 or $1 million, would most likely prevail, Attorney Graves said, “It is important to note that the Parties have a very skilled Judicial Officer who will analyze every aspect of this case, and if the Parties cannot decide on a number, Commissioner Gordon will definitely decide for them.” With disparate figures such as these, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether either Jamie or Frank McCourt will be able to strike a deal. Play ball!
Demetria L. Graves, Esq. is a family law attorney who opened her own firm to provide clients with the exceptional personal service and legal mentoring that is not always available at a larger firm. Demetria Graves is an outstanding attorney, with memberships in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the Pasadena Bar Association. She has also been a Professor of Family Law at West Law College in Los Angeles. In addition, Demetria Graves is an active member of the Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit targeting the development of business skills in women and underprivileged teens.
Ms. Graves, Esq., handles all aspects of California family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, paternity, visitation rights, guardianship and related legal issues. The Law Offices of Demetria L. Graves represents clients throughout Los Angeles County, including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, L.A., West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Arcadia, Alhambra and communities throughout the Los Angeles metro area.
For more information on Family Law or to learn more about Demetria Graves, Esq., please visit http://www.lachildcustodyandsupport.com