A recent article discusses the high-asset divorce of Kobe Bryant from his soon-to-be ex-wife. As Massachusetts residents know, divorce settlements can be tricky. Even so, the process has been a financial success for the basketball player's former partner. According to reports, Vanessa Bryant will come away with three Newport Beach mansions. However, the homes are just a portion of it. A source says that she will receive around $75 million in the divorce settlement. This is half of the couple's high net-worth.
The celebrity couple did not have a prenuptial agreement. Because California is a community property state, Vanessa may have a right to half of Kobe's earnings during their decade-long marriage. The NBA player is reported to make around $25 million this year.
In addition to financial matters, the separation contemplated the fate of the couple's children. Child visitation and custody issues are a recurrent theme in many divorces. The result of arrangements can impact a child's life. Vanessa requested joint custody of the couple's two daughters. She also asked for spousal support. In any event, a source reports that the couple recently reached a settlement out of court with help from attorneys.
As one can see, the division of assets can be complex--especially in marriages with an abundance of marital property. Also, the separation process can impact the kids' living arrangements. Fortunately, with legal assistance, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant reached an amicable agreement. If you are struggling with a complicated separation or divorce, you may also want to contact an attorney about your legal and financial possibilities.
Source: Huffington Post, "Kobe Bryant divorce settlement: Vanessa to receive 3 homes?" Jan. 20, 2012