Vanessa Bryant likely to gain windfall in divorce from Kobe Bryant
Vanessa Bryant, who filed for divorce Friday from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, is likely to receive a windfall in the couple's final settlement, which is expected sometime next year.
Attorney Dmitry Gorin said that generally speaking, Vanessa Bryant would be due half of Kobe Bryant's net worth during their marriage and joint custody of their daughters.
She will also get considerable spousal support, like "more than enough for many lifetimes" Gorin said.
Though details of the settlement were not in the document, Vanessa Bryant's mother, Sofia Urbieta Laine, previously told a Times reporter that the couple had no prenuptial agreement. She told The Times in 2005 that the couple chose to forgo one after months of negotiations. The court filing Friday indicated that property rights were to be determined.
The Bryants are reported to be worth at least $150 million. Without a prenup, Gorin said Vanessa would be due about half that amount.
In the petition filed Friday, Vanessa Bryant cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. In what appears to be an effort to keep the details of their split out of the public eye, the couple said in a joint statement late Friday that they had "resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately."
But the final judgment dissolving their marriage will be entered sometime next year, representatives for the couple said.
Vanessa Bryant and her attorney had signed the petition Dec. 1, long before it was filed Friday. Her husband's response was signed Dec. 7. Both sides requested joint custody of their daughters Natalia, 8, and Gianna, 5.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, attend the skills competition at the NBA basketball All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas in February. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press