Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and his wife of ten years Vanessa have reportedly reconciled and her divorce petition will be withdrawn. Stories abound regarding why they are getting back together with much of them being about the potential financial fallout if the divorce would have proceeded.
It is estimated that Bryant would have paid nearly $365,000 per month in child support, and nearly $1 million per month in spousal support. Also, the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, meaning that Vanessa would have been entitled to half of the couple's marital estate under California law. Sources close to the Lakers indicate that Bryant was not happy with the potential financial implications from the divorce.
Also, sources close to the couple believe that neither party really wanted to end their relationship. They describe the pair as "two people without friends or close relationships with other people." With two laconic personalities, it is not surprising that they lean on each other in tough times. Keep in mind that the Lakers' season has been historically difficult, and Bryant is commonly blamed for the team's struggles.
And, of course, there is the luxurious lifestyle that comes with being a well-known NBA wife. The Bryants were recently seen at a Golden Globes party, which exemplifies the perks of being in an exclusive club where members enjoy the finest cars, latest clothes and newest gadgets. Indeed, she could have walked away with more than $50 million from the divorce, but it appears that there is more to life than just money.
Source: The Daily Beast.com, Why the Lakers Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa are staying together, January 17, 2013