The wife of former Major League Baseball outfielder Andruw Jones reportedly has filed for divorce, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jones played one season with the Texas Rangers, but is best known for his time with the Braves. Jones currently has a contract to play baseball in Japan.
The recent divorce papers involve several issues that could lead to a contest in divorce court. The couple has a premarital agreement–commonly referred to as a prenuptial agreement–which is now being challenged in the divorce proceeding, according to the Associated Press. The couple also has a 9-year-old son. However, Jones’ estranged wife reportedly is seeking joint legal and primary custody of the child under Georgia law, where the divorce papers have been filed.
The couple reportedly had entered into a prenuptial agreement before they were married roughly 10 years ago. Nicole Jones seeks to have the prenuptial agreement declared null and void in her divorce papers. It is not clear from media reports what the premarital agreement covered. However, Nicole Jones seeks child support, alimony and half of the couple’s marital property in the divorce.
The case was filed outside Texas, but like many states, premarital agreements are generally enforceable under Texas law. Premarital agreements can set out a plan that involves many areas, but it is important that the contract is drafted in adherence to the legal requirements of the law.
The divorce papers were filed roughly one week after Nicole Jones accused her husband of a domestic dispute in late December. Police arrested the baseball player during the early morning hours December 25. He has been released on bond in that case. The divorce papers do not cite the alleged domestic dispute, according to the Associated Press.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Wife of ex-Brave Andruw Jones files for divorce,” Kate Brumback–Associated Press, Jan. 2, 2013