Divorce Attorney in Santa Barbara Discusses Top 10 Celebrity Divorces
Marriage is a part of life that many of us grow up dreaming about, and finding that special someone to spend the rest of your life and raise a family with can be incredibly rewarding. Unfortunately, almost 50% of marriages today end in divorce, and for certain segments of the population, the percentage can be even higher.
I know it’s hard to believe that any one group of people could have a divorce rate higher than 50%, but celebrities and individuals who have accumulated vast amounts of wealth experience an even higher divorce rate than the rest of us! This phenomenon has many underlying drivers, but the main cause of celebrity divorce, like most divorces, is adultery. The difference between celebrity divorces and those that one of us regular folks would experience, however, is the money involved!
With all that money involved, the prenuptial agreement becomes incredibly important. As you will see below, the difference between having a prenup and not having one could be $100,000,000!
10. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
Settlement: Reportedly $80 million
The two met at California State University in 1975 and married two and a half years later. They announced their divorce after 16 years of marriage in 1994. Costner’s work schedule, coupled with nearly constant rumors of infidelity were rumored to have driven he couple to divorce.
During that time, Costner starred in hits “Dances with Wolves” and “The Bodyguard”.
9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Settlement: Approximately $76 million
The director and singer divorced each other after eight years together. Madonna’s publicist told the Associated Press the divorce settlement would be between $76 million and $92 million. It is reported that the spark had just died out, and that no single event led to the divorce.
8. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Settlement: Between $85 million and $118 million
Harrison Ford and screenwriter Melissa Mathison first met on the set of “Apocalypse Now” in 1979, and the two were married for 17 years. Unlike many celebrity couples, the two didn’t have a prenup and it reportedly took three years for them to reach a settlement.
7. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Settlement: Reportedly $100 million
The two dated from 1976 to 1979, but then Amy broke up with Steven to date Willie Nelson. The two eventually got back together and married in 1985.
The two had a prenuptial agreement which had been written on a napkin, but a California judge threw out the prenup, refusing to recognize it legally, and awarded Irving $100 million after the four years of marriage.
6. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Settlement: Reportedly $110 million
The couple was seemingly happy together for 6 years, but trouble had been brewing in the Woods house for some time. From the moment Woods crashed his Escalade into the tree outside his Florida home in 2009, it was impossible to ignore the events leading up to his divorce and the court of public opinion let Tiger have it!
5. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
Settlement: reported $150 Million
Singer Neil Diamond and wife Marcia Murphy divorced in 1994 after 25 years of marriage, and because there was no prenuptial agreement, Diamond’s estate of $300 million was divided up with Murphy receiving half.
Diamond was reported to have only one thing to say regarding the settlement: “She was worth every penny.”
4. Michael and Juanita Jordan
Settlement: Reportedly $168 Million
Michael married Juanita during his second season with the Chicago Bulls in 1989 and they enjoyed 17 years and three children together.
In 2002, Juanita filed for divorce, but the couple decided to try and work things out instead.But then in 2006, they decided to split for good and finished the divorce. The couple supposedly left the courtroom together and went to watch their son play in a basketball game when it was all over.
3. Robert and Sheila Johnson
Settlement: reported $400 million
Robert L. and Sheila Johnson built their fortune together over 33 years of marriage, with the majority of the money coming from BET, which Robert Johnson founded in 1980 and later sold to Viacom for $3 billion.
In a funny twist, Shelia Johnson ended up marrying Arlington County Circuit Court Chief Judge William T. Newman, the judge who presided over her divorce.
2. Mel and Robyn Gibson
Settlement: Reportedly $425 million
The two were married for 31 years and had seven children together. The estate was said to be worth $850 million, and was divided evenly following the divorce. Robyn filed for divorce in 2009, after it was revealed that Mel had fathered a child with another woman.
1. Rupert and Anna Murdoch
Settlement: Reportedly $1.7 billion
After 32 years of marriage, the Murdochs filed for divorce in 1999. Of the $1.7 billion in assets awarded to Anna, $110 million was in cash. Rupert married another woman within 17 days of the divorce being finalized.
Are You Thinking About Divorce?
If you are thinking about it, then chances are your spouse may be as well! It is important to be prepared and have your affairs in order if you sense trouble in your home. A divorce attorney in Santa Barbara can help you through this difficult time. It’s hard enough dealing with the emotional pain and stress of trouble in your marriage, let the divorce attorneys at Drury Pullen help you through the complicated process of filing for divorce. California is a no fault state, meaning that couples can get divorced without a ground for divorce.