The marriage between Kobe Bryant and his wife has been in the public news for a portion of the past decade. Some of the initial news stories were around 2003, when Kobe Bryant was allegedly unfaithful to his wife. After this incident, the couple’s marriage was on the rocks but out of the public radar until about 2011 when his wife filed for divorce in the California court system.
The divorce between Kobe Bryant and his wife was pending in the California court system until just recently. The divorce was not actually finalized; the couple has reportedly reconciled and decided to stay married. The rationale behind the couple’s reconciliation has not been publically addressed, but the potential results of what could have happened in their divorce have certainly been scrutinized by public media sources.
If the couple would have finalized the process, the projections of the divorce results indicated a high-asset divorce settlement. It was reported that the couple does not have a prenuptial agreement in place. If there is no prenuptial agreement to establish predeterminations regarding the married couple’s financial assets, their assets may be divided pursuant to California state law.
Under California state law, if the couple would have divorced, Kobe Bryant may have been required to pay his wife spousal support for a potentially indefinite period or until she remarried. It was estimated that between potential child support and spousal support, Kobe Bryant may have been required to pay his wife an estimated $1.36 million per month.
High-asset divorces can create life altering changes for both sides to the divorce. An experienced attorney can ensure a party receives their share of the marital contributions made under California law during the divorce process.
Source: iSports Times, “Kobe Bryant Divorce: The Real Reason Lakers Star Called Off Divorce With Wife Vanessa,”Kahlil Thomas, Jan. 28, 2013