Divorce has a hefty price tag for celebrities who marry broke partners

Not that there’s anything we are trying to imply about the current state of Somizi and Mohale’s marriage, but come to think of it, Somizi stands to lose a lot when if the pair were to call it quits (officially). Divorce is rarely pretty, but for the rich and famous, it can get downright ugly, having all the financial details played out in the media.

SomGaga, the flamboyant TV personality known for his role in creating a safe haven for the LGBTI community in South Africa, is the latest to have the terms of his split made public.

According to sources close to Somizi and Mohale, the couple is married in COP (Community of property) which is a major reason why Somizi is hanging onto the marriage for dear life. Should they divorce, Mohale Motaung is set to be a rich man and Somizi will lose half of everything he’s worked hard for. We also know that Lerato Kganyago who is Somizi’s close friend is apparently also married in COP.

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“Because of the Internet and the more salacious nature of global society, a lot of high-profile cases are getting played out in the media,” said Laura Wasser, a Los Angeles-based divorce lawyer who has represented many celebrities. “It’s not necessarily a good thing for the litigants or judicial officers. You should be able to have litigation as personal as a family law matter not open to the public.”

What makes divorce settlements so challenging? In contested divorce cases, each party involved has differing ideas of what assets — ranging from real estate to stocks — their soon-to-be former spouse is entitled to.

“This lifestyle that these people have lived has been incorporated in the very soul of their being,” said Malcolm Taub, a prominent divorce lawyer in New York. “Each of the parties has a sense of correctness and an absolute right to continue the life they had during the marriage.”

High-profile divorces can be especially painful in cases that involve a celebrity spouse and a less-wealthy party.

“One of the parties may feel dethroned,” Taub said. “Usually that creates pain and usually the remedy of that is to seek at least a major share of the assets accumulated during marriage. Contested, high-profile divorces are fought with pain, issues and unfortunately a great deal of loss.”

Other ex-husbands, such as Michael Jordan, Craig McCaw and Neil Diamond, are all paying their ex-wives generous amounts of alimony.

“There are always issues of valuation in high-profile cases, but there are also human issues,” Taub said of big settlements. “People may want to avoid the spotlight of the public and are willing to make compromises in order to put the case behind them.”

In conclusion, marrying in COP (Community of property) is not a very wise decision to make… especially if your partner is less wealthier than you are.

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