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Details of Kobe Bryant divorce likely to remain secret

December 23, 2011 |  2:10 pm

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
Details of the divorce settlement between Kobe and Vanessa Bryant may never be publicly known because it is a private mediation case that is generally kept out of the public record.

Attorney Peter Walzer said that in private mediation cases, neither party can use what is said during mediation in a court of law. Although they would each have documentation of the settlement, the details do not have to be filed in court.

"The only document that would be in the public file is the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage," Walzer said.

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Vanessa Bryant filed a divorce petition in Orange County Superior Court last week, citing "irreconcilable differences."

The couple seems to be attempting to keep details of their divorce out of the public eye. They released a joint statement last week saying that they had "resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately."

The divorce is expected to be final sometime next year.

The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, Vanessa Bryant's mother previously told a Times reporter. If true, she would be entitled to half of their community property.

Some estimates put Kobe Bryant's net worth at $150 million. Legal experts said Vanessa Bryant will probably receive at least $75 million in addition to ongoing spousal and child support.


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Photo: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant attend the skills competition at the NBA's All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas in February. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press