Contentious divorce vs. quiet settlement

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Some couples seem destined for contentious splits, while others do everything they can to make the divorce process amicable.

Two famous sports figures have recently announced splits from their wives, and while neither of the athletes are from St. Louis, they’ve certainly dazzled sports fans here with their athletic skills.

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant is taking the approach of agreeing quickly to a large settlement with his wife who is seeking divorce.

Rather than fight it out over marital assets estimated at $150 million, Bryant has agreed to give his wife $75 million and their three mansions — all of which are in the Newport Beach area.

Some observers speculate that the quick settlement not only spares the couple’s two children of the ordeal of a contentious divorce, but will also include a clause keeping Bryant’s ex-wife from publicly sharing any dirty laundry he’d prefer to keep quiet.

As you might recall, Bryant was in 2003 accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old Colorado hotel employee.

Though the charges were eventually dropped, Bryant publicly apologized and admitted that he understood that the employee did not believe their sexual encounter was consensual.

He also quietly settled a lawsuit by the employee for an undisclosed amount.

Pilar Sanders, the soon-to-be ex-wife of former Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders, is not proceeding quietly, on the other hand.

In court documents, she recently characterized her husband of 12 years as “guilty of unkind, uncaring, insensitive, cruel and unusual treatment of [Pilar]…as well as physical, mental and emotional abuse of [Pilar] and the parties’ children.”

She also called him a “bully” who cheated on her a number of times with other women.

She’s reportedly asking the court to grant a divorce and throw out the couple’s prenuptial agreement.

Source: Yahoo Sports: “Kobe Bryant loses all three (!) of his mansions, $75 million, in divorce settlement,” Kelly Dwyer, Jan. 20, 2012

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