Back in December, we talked about Kobe Bryant's divorce from his wife Vanessa Bryant and the rumor at the time was they lacked a prenuptial agreement. The issues at play in this divorce were kept private, but new information has provided the public with details regarding the matter of property division between the splitting Bryants.
One of the few superstars in the National Basketball Association and a career Los Angeles Laker, Kobe Bryant handed over three pieces of real estate to his ex-wife during December. The property division matter began on December 14 when Vanessa Bryant had a $2.9 million home transferred to her. The former couple bought the home in 2003 and retained joint ownership until the transfer was made.
Another mansion worth an estimated $4.7 million was transferred into Vanessa's name from Kobe Bryant just days before the New Year. Lastly, an estate that was recently under construction was given to Vanessa on December 15 when Kobe Bryant's agent, the previous owner, signed the property over. The value of the estate is roughly $11.2 million.
While neither party is commenting on the property division involved in their divorce, it is clear that the chips are starting to fall in the Bryant split.
Even though California is a community property state, a judge hearing a divorce case can divide the stakes of ownership at his or her discretion. Many factors go into this decision so if you are considering filing for divorce, consult an experienced divorce lawyer. With proper legal representation on your side, you could maximize your stake in any communal property accumulated in your dissolved marriage.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant divorce: Three homes to Vanessa probably just a start," Michael Reicher, Jan. 23, 2012