Judge Orders Lisa Marie Presley’s Ex-Husband To Pay Her Attorney Fees In Custody Battle
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The past few years have been trying, to say the least, for Lisa Marie Presley.
Lisa Marie Presley, the sole child of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, has been married four times. Her most recent marriage, to musician Michael Lockwood, has turned into a fairly contentious court battle with all sorts of twists, turns, and scary allegations.
Lisa Marie and Lockwood welcomed twin girls into the world in 2008, Harper and Finley. A lot of the discord between the two parents is about the children and their future with each parent.
In 2017, the children were removed from the custody of both parents and custody was granted to Priscilla Presley after Lisa Marie claimed she had found an immense catalog of child pornography on his computer.
After a while they had an agreed upon custody agreement – but in a report by The Blast via Yahoo! Entertainment, Lisa Marie claims that Lockwood “did not elect to exercise his visitation with the girls between April 8th, 2019 and June 27th, 2019.”
Lisa Marie claims that when they were married, they would both take the kids to Graceland during Elvis Week and it was an annual family trip. The past two years, she’s had to petition the courts to allow her to take them and help them learn more about the impact their grandfather had on the world.
Lockwood, however, didn’t care. An email to her attorney on July 18th clearly states his concern: “I am not consenting to the trip to Memphis. Every time Lisa takes the girls to Memphis it becomes a photo op for her … I have brought this up every year. She agrees no photos yet there always is.”
Throughout the divorce and custody battle, Lockwood has claimed that all his lawyer fees had bankrupt him so much, that he was living in a Holiday Inn. The court had previously ruled that Lisa Marie pay for his attorney fees, a total of $100,000 and he wanted $400,000, but in a new ruling, he will now have to pay Lisa Marie’s.
According to PopCulture.com, Lockwood was ordered on December 16 to pay $140,000 to cover part of his ex-wife’s lawyer fees.
“The court finds respondent had proper notice and opportunity to be heard,” Judge Joseph Lipner said in his affidavit. It also stated that the fees were to be split, $129,000 for her attorney’s fees and $11,801 in additional costs.
According to The Blast, a court date for July 20, 2020 has been set for the former spouses to continue their custody battle. Apparently the judge has even blocked off an entire month for the trial.