By Brian Reed
It's all fun and games until somebody takes a mistress. Or five.
Celebrity gossip is all the more juicy when it involves divorce court, not to mention millions of dollars.
In the past few years, we've seen our share of high-profile, messy divorces between athletes and their spouses -- some due to accusations of infidelity. Many of these athletes did sign prenuptial agreements, but they still lost a fortune after walking down the aisle. Here are our top six:
1. Kobe Bryant
You knew it was coming. After dropping $4 million on an 8-carat purple diamond ring, there weren't enough diamonds in De Beers' Empire to keep Vanessa Bryant married to Kobe.
She filed for divorce alleging infidelity, which could cost Kobe dearly. The NBA star never signed a prenuptial agreement, so Vanessa is entitled to at least half of Kobe's entire fortune, an estimated $150 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
And it gets worse. Because the marriage reached the 10-year mark, under California law, Vanessa may be entitled to permanent spousal support -- to maintain her standard of living.
The Investing Answer: No one wants to talk about the possibility of divorce even before his or her marriage starts; some people think even talking about the concept of a prenuptial agreement is a guaranteed sign that a marriage will fail.
If you have significant assets or a highly marketable skill like these elite athletes, you'd have to be a fool not to sign a prenup before you get married. Learn the most important things about prenups in this InvestingAnswers feature, "4 Things Everyone Should Know Before Signing a Prenuptial Agreement."
Still, when it comes to the rich and famous, a prenup is no guarantee the divorce won't cost millions. You can always opt for a postnuptial agreement -- learn how by reading "4 Ways a Post-Nup Can Save Your Marriage."
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