This week, the details of the divorce settlement between basketball star Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa were reported. Of the couple’s estimated $150 million in assets, Vanessa will receive $75 million in addition to ownership of the couple’s three Newport Beach homes. The NBA power couple was married for ten years. They have two daughters and a joint custody parenting plan. Vanessa listed “irreconcilable differences” when she filed for divorce in December.
According to reports from family members, the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they wed in 2001 after knowing each other for two years. That fact, paired with a ten-year marriage, likely entitles Vanessa to half of the family’s fortune under divorce law. The length of the marriage and a lack of prenuptial agreement may also mean ongoing spousal support payments and part of Kobe Bryant’s retirement funds.
Legal experts believe that a prenuptial agreement would have saved Kobe Bryant much of his earnings, as the top-paid professional basketball player in the world. According to Vanessa’s cousin Laila Laine, Kobe “loved her too much” for one.
Whether or not you have a prenuptial agreement, a Seattle divorce attorney can help you navigate your divorce and make certain that your outcome is as fair as possible under the law. To learn more during an informational consultation, call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today.