Kobe Bryant’s Divorce Would Have Cost Him $1.36 Million a Month! [Details]

Rucuss staffJanuary 15, 2013

Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa marriage is back on.

The Bryants decided to continue their 10-year union after Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011. Back in December 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” She sought joint custody of their two daughters, Natalia, 9, and 6-year-old Gianna.

The pair posted on Instagram and Facebook that they are once again happily married.

“We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled,” Vanessa posted on Instagram on Jan. 12. “Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together.”

Although Kobe wanted to keep his family together, he’s probably breathing a sigh of relief. He didn’t have a prenup with Vanessa so she was entitled to half of his fortune.

According to California attorney Andrew L. Botros, if the couple went forward with their divorce, per California law, Kobe would have had to pay child support and spousal support. He would have also had to split all of their property.

Botros said via Larry Brown Sports:

Vanessa and Kobe crossed that 10-year  threshold a few months before Vanessa initiated divorce proceedings, meaning Kobe might have had to pay spousal support for the rest of Vanessa’s life (ouch).

So what are we looking at in terms of child and spousal support?

According to Forbes, Kobe’s annual income is somewhere in the neighborhood of  $53.2 million dollars. Assuming that he has 50/50 custody of his two daughters,  Kobe would have to pay somewhere near $365,000 in child support under the  California Guideline. He also would probably have to pay somewhere around  $1,000,000 in spousal support.

These are not annual figures. These are monthly estimates.

I didn’t mention property division. Kobe and Vanessa were married on April 18, 2001. Under California law, every penny Kobe earned from basketball or  endorsements from the date of marriage to the date of separation is considered  community property. It’s half Kobe’s and half Vanessa’s. That also applies to every mansion, car, yacht, or private jet that the either party purchased with community money.

Kobe better be on his best behavior. The Laker star first met Vanessa at a music video shoot back in 1999 when she was 18 years old. The duo was engaged six months later.

Photos via latino.foxnews.com,


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