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