James Dondero, co-founder and president of the $18-billion asset manager Highland Capital Management, is currently in the negotiating stage of his two-year divorce battle.
Dondero’s legal team argued that Becky, his 33-year-old ex-wife, shouldn’t be eligible to receive any money from the prenuptial agreement. His lawyers claimed that Becky breached the prenuptial contract by stating in a pre-trial hearing that she wanted more money than the previously agreed upon $5 million.
Michael Rubin, a lawyer who analyzed the case, said the jury might agree with the legal technicalities presented by Dondero’s attorneys. However, Rubin predicted that the jury would still likely rule in favor of Becky by awarding her money.
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Responding to a perceived need for increased avenues for low-income individuals to access divorce court despite being unable to afford legal representation, the Texas Supreme Court approved a standardized for allowing divorce without a lawyer in a 5-3 decision. The form is specifically tailored to Texas law, and will be available only to low-income couples able to demonstrate indigency, without children, and filing uncontested divorces. The court has ordered that the forms be published for a period of public comment before the new procedure is fully approved.
The forms are not anticipated to work effectively in every situation, and dissenting opinions noted that pro-bono representation is a far better means to provide legal assistance to indigent litigants in order to protect against situations such as an individual being unaware that they are entitled to retirement funds or other benefits which have been accumulated by their spouse. The court says “it is always best to hire a lawyer” in order to manage a divorce, but believes that the lack of resources available to low-income spouses seeking divorce makes the measure a necessity.