ATLANTA – A divorced couple is feuding over tickets to see the Atlanta Braves.
H. Elizabeth King, a psychologist, accuses her ex, Charles Center, a lawyer, of breaking their 2002 divorce agreement to divide the four tickets they had shared behind home plate.
The Atlanta couple owned tickets to 82 home games in a three-way partnership with other baseball fans. Every year King and Center had four tickets to 27 games.
When they divorced, he agreed to take the first home game every year. Then each would get four tickets to 13 games.
After one of the partners died last year, King's ownership increased to a full third: 27 games. The 82 season tickets are still in her ex's name, and he has been in charge of dispensing them to the partners.
In a court hearing Tuesday — during which the couple hardly looked at each other — King testified that Center had gone out of his way this year to give her tickets to games that conflicted with her schedule. And she claimed 80 percent of the tickets he gave her were for day games, implying he'd done it because he knew she had skin cancer.
Center testified that the four tickets to 27 home games cost about $6,000. And he was distributing them to her the way he'd always distributed them, sequentially, according to a mathematical formula. He said he adjusted that arrangement when people asked or if there were conflicting schedules.
So far, attorneys' fees come to about $13,000.
After two hours and several witnesses, a frustrated Superior Court Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland ruled that he would not cite Center with contempt and urged the two to settle it out of court.
When Center left the courtroom, Center whooped in the hall outside: "I'm not going to jail! I'm not going to jail!"