Mel Gibson’s California Divorce Could Set Settlement Record

Mel Gibson’s wife of 29 years, Robyn, has filed for divorce in California, citing irreconcilable differences. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligence,MSNBC, and other media sources, there are no indications that the couple had a prenuptial agreement.

Under California’s community property laws, each spouse is entitled to one-half of all assets acquired during a marriage; that is, from the date of marriage until the date the parties separate. According to People Magazine, Gibson has amassed nearly $1 billion since the couple married in 1980. Accordingly, Robyn Gibson is likely entitled to half of that amount, or close to $500 million.

People reports that this amount will dwarf previous record holders Michael Jordan ($168 million), Neil Diamond ($150 million) and Steven Spielberg ($100 million).

For more information about prenuptial agreements, community property division and other California family law issues, please contact attorney Gary D. Sparks.