Jill Scott & Mike Dobson In Contentious Split After 15 Months Of Marriage
Jill Scott scored a victory in her acrimonious split from her soon to be ex husband, Mike Dobson, BOSSIP has learned.
A Tennessee judge on Monday denied Dobson’s request for Scott to pay Dobson approximately $6,500 for legal fees from the divorce and told the City of Atlanta employee that the prenup agreement he signed was still in play, which barred him from seeking support from Scott.
The judge said that Scott paying Dobson’s legal fees would be akin to spousal support, a right that he signed away under the prenup. Scott’s lawyer also revealed that the “Golden” singer paid Dobson $20,000 about a week before she filed for divorce, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP.
“She did not throw him out with nothing,” Rose Palermo, a lawyer for Scott, said at a hearing last month, according to a transcript obtained by BOSSIP. “She gave him $20,000 when he left. And during the – during the course of the marriage, she deposited funds into an account for his – for his benefit.”
Dobson later admitted that Scott gave him the $20,000, but said it was to pay for immediate “family expenses” and he never got a penny of it, court papers state.
BOSSIP exclusively revealed that Scott filed for divorce last year from Dobson, her husband of just 15 months, citing irreconcilable differences and said them living together for any longer would be improper and potentially unsafe.
Dobson countersued Scott, alleging that she coerced him into signing a bad prenup and bullied and intimidated him throughout the relationship. He has asked the judge to award him half of the assets the couple acquired during their short union.
Under their prenup, both sides agreed not to seek alimony, maintenance or spousal support, and there was a special provision that there would be no “marital property” generated from the union. The judge said that means as of now, Dobson can’t claim any stake in any income or assets outside of his own that were generated during the marriage.
At last month’s hearing, Dobson’s lawyer James Cobb said despite his client’s $58,000 a year salary and income from rentals, he has various bills, like debts, rent and child support and only had about $100 in leftover spending money at the end of the month.
But the judge Monday sided with Scott and denied Dobson’s argument that the mom of one acted in bad faith under their prenup –by kicking him out of the house, changing the locks and putting his stuff in storage.
However, the judge did say that he still may find a reason to throw out the prenup, and reserved the right to do so if circumstances arose that challenged agreement’s validity, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP.
“So this gentleman has been just left out kind of out to – abandoned,” Dobson’s lawyer James Walker told the court last month, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP. “All he is trying to do is say ‘Can we resolve this quickly? Can we resolve it amicably? Can I just have the funds, first of all, to get into a place, and secondly, get a legal team aboard to hammer out all of the nuances here, in regards to the storage facility, the car and the assets that are still in the house?”
The judge denied Dobson’s motion without prejudice, which means that he can still file for other monetary relief from Scott as the case moves forward.