The Judge looked over at the defense lawyer and said: “Do you have any response to this request from the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr. Almeida?”
Almeida responded, “Yes we do your honor. We have a counter offer.”
Everyone in the courtroom; the onlookers, the lawyers, the bailiff and the judge all put their head down and sighed in frustration. Everyone was getting ready to begin a long and drawn out court proceeding. Almeida glared sideways at his own client, angry, while his client, Mr. Kovacs visibly urged him on.
Almeida looked at the judge and said, “Your honor, we would like to offer Miss Jones seventy percent of the full assets of Mr. Kovacs. That seventy percent includes full ownership of the marital home, where they live, so that she owns it outright. Mr. Kovacs also offers to pay the legal fees for Miss Jones on the stipulation that there should be a restraining order in place for 2 years and Miss Jones shall not contact or approach Mr. Kovacs for at least that length of time. “
The judge looked back, stunned.
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