Lisa Marie Presley’s attorney said Michael Lockwood is only trying to “reargue” a recent court decision about their post-nuptial agreement simply because Presley’s estranged husband didn’t like the outcome, according to court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.
Presley filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 4, 2018 asking the court to reject Michael Lockwood’s petition for a "statement of decision,” which Lockwood says he needs in order to file an appeal against the judge’s ruling that their post-nuptial agreement is valid.
A statement of decision is important when filing an appeal because it outlines the trial court judge’s reasoning for his or her decision.
After three days of testimony, a Los Angeles judge on Aug. 17, 2018 ruled the 2017 post-nuptial agreement signed by Presley and Lockwood is valid. Under that 2017 agreement, both parties agreed neither will receive spousal support or property from each other in the event their marriage should dissolve.
According to Presley’s attorney, Michael Fishbein, Lockwood and his attorney, Jeff Sturman, are only trying to reargue the case not for the merits of the law, but because they simply did not agree with the trial court judge’s decision that the post-nuptial agreement is valid and she does not have to pay him any money. Fishbein is asking the court to deny Lockwood’s request for a statement of decision.
In a court affidavit obtained by Radar, Sturman said the judge “left open the question” of whether waivers of spousal support could be challenged as “unconscionable at the time of enforcement.”
Fishbein, however, said Lockwood and Sturman are only seeking to reargue evidence.
“Each ‘request’ is followed by a ‘proposal’ consisting of language with contradict and effectively repudiates the decision set forth in the Court’s August 17, 2018 ruling on the bifurcated issue of the validity of the postnuptial agreement,” Fishbein wrote in the affidavit obtained by Radar.
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