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Costly, high profile divorces that make yours look like a cake walk

April 2, 2015

The average divorce across the nation costs between $15,000 and $20,000. However, a few couples with high-profile marriages, significant assets and subsequent break-ups have record astonishingly expensive divorces.

Golfer Tiger Woods and Model Elin Nordegren

The marriage of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren produced two children and lasted about six years. In 2009, his affair, allegedly one of many, was splashed across headlines. While the negative publicity was at the forefront of the news, Woods was in an accident near their home, and the model shattered a window in the vehicle. In the subsequent divorce, she was granted custody of the children and $100 million dollars.

Actor Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore

Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore met in the late 1970s when Gibson was virtually unknown in the movie industry. They had no prenuptial agreement before their more than 30-year marriage that resulted in seven children. However, the marriage ended when another woman became pregnant with the superstar’s child. Although the couple was separated when the photos of Gibson and the new mom surfaced, Gibson was then arrested for drinking and driving. Moore filed for divorce and was awarded half of his total fortune, worth an estimated $425 million.

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv

The Australian media guru and his second wife, Anna Maria Torv, were married for more than three decades after they met while she was employed by him in Sydney. Their break-up was allegedly fueled by her desire to spend more time with him, but he did not agree. Although the terms of the divorce were not disclosed, rumors swirled that she received $100 million in cash and $1.7 billion in additional assets. Rupert denied infidelity but married Wendi Deng less than three weeks after the divorce was final.

Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall

Harold Hamm earned billions of dollars in the fracking industry but his earnings dropped when the oil market plummeted in June 2014. In early 2015, he wrote a $975 million check to his ex-wife in their divorce settlement. However, she rejected the offer and asked for more money from her ex who was worth about $13.5 billion at the time. She later reconsidered and accepted the settlement.

No matter the amount of assets in your marriage, you can likely benefit from the help of a seasoned family lawyer who understands how to navigate the sensitive matter of a divorce. Our attorney will guide you through the legal aspects of your divorce, defending your rights in the process. Contact us for help today!