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Divorce Bigger Issue for Professional Athletes

When it comes to professional athletes’ personal lives it seems the focus often turns to domestic violence, but it seems the larger issue is how difficult it can be for a professional athlete to make a marriage work. In fact, according to The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, the divorce rate amongst professional athletes is estimated to be between 60 to 80 percent – a marked increase compared to the national average of 50 percent.


Fame, money, travelling for games, as well as being bombarded by adoring groupies can take a toll on a marriage. New York divorce attorney, Bruce Provda says, “It’s hard to keep a marriage going if you’re a celebrity athlete. There is a great deal of temptation and a ton of money available. It’s a bad combination.”

Examples of Pro Athlete Divorces

There are numerous examples of professional athletes who have dealt with divorce. Some of the most high-profile divorces have been those of Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant didn’t have a prenuptial agreement for his divorce from ex-spouse Vanessa. He ended up settling for approximately half of his net worth – an estimated $350 million. When Michael Jordan split from ex-spouse Juanita he paid a $168 million settlement. When Tiger Woods and his ex-spouse Elin Nordegren split, Wood had to pay his ex-spouse $100 million.

High Net-Worth Divorces

High net-worth divorces can be difficult to resolve. If you are facing a divorce that involves a division of large amounts of assets, you’ll need to work with an attorney that is well-versed in these types of cases. If you are considering marriage and you and your future spouse have a high net-worth you might want to consider signing a prenuptial agreement. An attorney will also be able to help you negotiate a settlement – it just might save you form a lot of emotionally draining litigation in the future.


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Source: Forbes, Divorce, Not Domestic Violence, Is Biggest Issue At Home For Professional Athletes, August 15, 2014


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