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Frank and Jamie McCourt's relationship was always contentious, one witness testifies [Updated]

August 31, 2010 |  3:46 pm

Even the estate planning attorney who dealt with Frank and Jamie McCourt was witness to their contentious relationship.

"For as long as I had known Frank and Jamie, which was about a year, they bickered constantly -- in front of other people, in front of me," Leah Bishop testified Tuesday at the divorce trial of her former clients. "Jamie would say 'Oh, that's just how we are.' And I naively thought they would work this out."

They didn't.

Bishop contends that the McCourts told her during a June 2008 meeting that they didn't realize their marital property agreement (he had the Dodgers; she had the homes) would govern what the division of their assets if they divorced. That charge plays a key role in Jamie's claims to be part owner of the Dodgers.  The divorce trial is in its second day, with the two battling over ownership of the baseball team.

By Tuesday afternoon, Frank's attorney, Steve Susman, had spent several hours boring into Bishop, trying to poke holes in her take on what Jamie knew and when she knew it.

Susman also made clear his skepticism about both McCourts' professed confusion about their marital agreement.

"Did you ask, 'Guys, how could both of you have signed a document that both of you are now saying you didn't mean?' " he asked Bishop.

She wasn't expected to answer.

[Corrected at 5:54 p.m.: An earlier version of this post omitted Bishop's first name.]

-- Carla Hall at L.A. County Superior Court

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