The rich and famous fall in and out of love just like ordinary people. They can have long term relationships or fall fast and hard during whirlwind courtships. Eager to seal these vows of love, they either elope to Vegas for a quickie wedding or splash out on larger-than-life wedding ceremonies that will have netizens talking for years to come. When that love fizzles out, they also divorce in spectacular fashion, netting out millions of dollars in divorce settlements. Here’s a look at some of the most expensive divorces in hollywood.
Michael and Juanita Jordan
Just because Michael Jordan is a legendary basketball star doesn’t mean he is free from issues like marital woes. Married on the 2nd of September in 1989, his union with Juanita yielded three children, 2 sons and a daughter. But all was not happy in the Jordan household and this became clear when Juanita filed for divorce on the 4th of January in 2002, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, however, reconciled shortly. Things were not meant to be and the couple once again filed for divorce, which was finalized on the 29th of December in 2006. It was said to be a mutual and amicable decision, with Juanita getting a $168 million settlement.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
At the first glance, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren seemed like the perfect couple. The American professional golfer and Swedish former model were introduced in 2001 by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik during The Open Championship. They were engaged in 2003 and tied the knot in a lavish ceremony--which cost $2 million--on the fifth of October in 2004. Though they appeared happy and even had two children, the union fell apart when Woods’ infidelity was exposed. The golfer apologized and attempted to work on his marriage after taking a break from golf. His attempts to save the union proved futile and their divorce was finalized on the 23rd of August in 2010, with Nordegren receiving a $100 million divorce settlement.
Mel and Robyn Gibson
In 1970, Mel Gibson fell in love with a dental nurse named Robyn Denise, who was a fellow tenant at a house he was staying in Adelaide. At that time, Gibson was still an unknown actor who was then working at the South Australian Theatre Company. Ten years later, they tied the knot on the 7th of June in 1980. The couple had seven children together, which gave the appearance of a seemingly solid marriage. However, problems plagued their seeming happy union, which resulted in their separation in 2006. Robyn eventually filed for divorce in 2009 upon discovering that Gibson had fathered a child from his girlfriend. Their divorce was finalized in 2011, with the divorce settlement amounting to over $400 million, which is said the be the highest divorce settlement in Hollywood history.
Divorce can happen to anyone, even those who have been married for decades. If ever you find yourself in middle of one, you should find a way to protect yourself. If you can’t afford the expensive fees of an attorney, you can always opt for prepaid legal services, which are more affordable. Even if the divorce settlement won’t reach millions of dollars as in the case of the rich and famous, still you should have legal representation that will help look out for your best interests.