This is a core proceeding under 28 U.S.C. §157 as it is a determination as to whether
Plaintiff has standing to pursue certain objections to discharge under §727 of the Bankruptcy Code
as well as the allowance/disallowance of Plaintiff’s claim against the estate. As such, it is a matter
which arises both under title 11 and in a case under title 11. Accordingly, this Court has jurisdiction
to enter a final order under 28 U.S.C. §1334(a), (b) and (d), 28 U.S.C. §157(a) and (b)(1), 28 U.S.C.
§151 and the Standing Order of Reference from the United States District Court for the Western
District of Texas.
Statement of Facts
This case involves an acrimonious separation and ultimate divorce. The Plaintiff, Michael
Kentor (“Kentor”), and Defendant, Margaret Thompson (“Dr. Thompson”), were married. Prior to
their marriage, the parties entered into a Pre-Marital Agreement and after marriage a Post-Marital
Agreement that confirmed the Pre-Marital Agreement in which the parties agreed that anypayments
for their mutual support would not create a debt owing to the paying party’s separate estate or a
corresponding right of reimbursement for the parties’ community estate or jointly held property
unless the parties expressly agreed in writing to the contrary. In 2001 Thomas J. Meredith loaned
$1,000,000.00 to Kentor and Dr. Thompson. Kentor and Dr. Thompson co-signed the note
evidencing this loan. In 2002 Mr. Meredith loaned another $500,000.00 to Kentor and Dr.
Thompson (collectively with the $1,000,000.00 loan, the “Meredith Loan”)1. Kentor and Dr.
1 The Loan to Kentor and Dr. Thompson was made solely in the name of Thomas J. Meredith. However, Thomas and Lynn Meredith filed the proof of claim evidencing the $1,500,000.00 debt.