The former wife of San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bon
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The former wife of San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds had ample opportunity to find out more about a prenuptial agreement before signing it, a judge ruled.
In ruling the agreement was valid, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Judith Kozloski said Bonds won’t have to split his property or his $43.75 million contract with his ex-wife, Sun Bonds.
The agreement was ``free from the taint of fraud, coercion and undue influence. ... (Sun Bonds) signed the agreement knowingly and voluntarily,″ Kozloski wrote in her decision Monday.
Robert Nachshin, a lawyer for the 30-year-old outfielder, said Bonds was pleased with the ruling.
``He feels that the court confirmed his story. It was a cloud hanging over his head,″ Nachshin said.
He emphasized that Bonds’ wife and their two children, Nikolai, 5, and Shikari, 4, won’t be left penniless.
The judge approved $30,000 a month in alimony and child support, although Sun Bonds’ attorneys asked for $93,000 a month.
Sun Bonds’ lawyer, Lawrence Stotter, said he would appeal the ruling.
Last year, Kozloski replaced a judge who was criticized for agreeing to lower Bonds’ child support payments during the baseball strike, then asking for his autograph in court.
Sun Bonds, a Swedish immigrant, was a bartender in Montreal when the two met in August 1987. They married in 1988 after Sun Bonds signed a prenuptial agreement giving up her rights to her husband’s present and future income and property.
At the time, Bonds was earning about $100,000 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Sun Bonds, who had completed cosmetology school, was hoping for a career as a makeup artist.
``At the time of the signing the terms of the agreement were fair,″ ruled the judge. Sun Bonds ``had almost no property, but she did have plans to seek a career as a makeup artist.″
She was asked if she wanted a lawyer present before signing the agreement, but refused, wrote Kozloski.
``For several years (Sun Bonds) lived an opulent lifestyle and enjoyed many advantages that she would not have had if she had not been (Barry Bonds’) wife,″ said the judge, who noted that Sun Bonds will continue to enjoy a life ``far above that which she knew before marriage.″
Nachshin said Sun Bonds turned down several offers to settle the case, including one to split Barry Bonds’ property.
During the trial, Sun Bonds testified that at the time she signed the agreement, she had never heard of a prenuptial agreement.
``The young lady who was just here from Sweden, who had problems with the English language, did not understand that she would get nothing, even if she was married 20 or 30 years,″ if she had children or if her husband made millions of dollars, Stotter said during the trial.
The couple separated in May 1994 and their divorce became final Dec. 12. Barry Bonds signed a six-year, $43.75 million contract with the Giants at the beginning of the 1993 season, making him the highest paid player in baseball at the time.