Frank and Jamie McCourt

Frank and Jamie McCourt (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- A court commissioner is expected to consider setting a trial date Tuesday in a case that will determine whether Frank McCourt gets sole possession of the L.A. Dodgers, or if his estranged wife Jamie McCourt is deemed a co-owner.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon is scheduled to hear arguments on when the trial in the couple's ongoing divorce dispute should begin.

Frank McCourt has argued that a marital agreement signed in 2004 gives him sole rights to the Dodgers, while his wife gets the couple's six homes and one condominium. She maintains that she is the team's co-owner.

Fans should not worry that about the financial drain affecting the team's payroll, according to attorney Marshall Grossman, who represents the Dodgers.

Still, the costs of the divorce could exceed what the Dodgers will spend on its infield this year.

Both McCourts attended a spousal support hearing in Los Angeles Monday morning.

Jamie McCourt, who was fired as the team's CEO in October, is seeking $1 million a month in spousal support. She has said in court papers that she is running out of money since she lost her $2 million salary.

Jamie McCourt estimates she has about $4 million in savings and roughly $450,000 in cash that will soon be drained due to monthly mortgage payments of about $415,000 on the couple's homes and vacation properties, according to recently filed documents in the Los Angeles Superior Court case.

She claims her estranged husband has at least $18 million available that could help pay for her spousal support.

Frank McCourt's attorneys argue that Jamie McCourt should be denied $1 million in spousal support because she has assets worth more than $75 million. They've offered her $150,000 a month, however, she is not expected to accept the offer.

The McCourt's divorce could become one of the most expensive in state history and cost the couple about $19 million, according to family law experts.

Frank McCourt has estimated his "divorce-related expenses" at $5 million to $10 million, according to court filings, while Jamie McCourt has estimated her expenses at $9 million and asked that her estranged husband be ordered to pay them.

The bitter divorce turned even more sour Saturday when Jamie McCourt showed up at Dodger Stadium alongside her lawyers and was turned away.

In a video posted on TMZ, Jamie was denied access to the stadium and the Dodgers gift shop, which is open to the public. She apparently wanted to clear out her office.


Attorney David Boies said on the video that Frank McCourt's lawyers told them to show up at 3 p.m. Saturday despite being told by the security guard that he was under orders to keep them out.

Both of the McCourts have retained multiple law firms.

Last month, seven lawyers were in court for a hearing on whether to postpone the trial date, on the same day other lawyers in the case were believed to be taking a deposition from Jamie McCourt.

Attorney Connolly Oyler, who has handled celebrity divorces, said a total cost of $5 million would be "consistent with most high-profile cases."

The McCourts announced their split in October 2009 after 30 years of marriage.