Sunday, July 4, 2010

Divorce is worth HOW MUCH?

Tiger Woods' now-ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, has finally reached a divorce settlement with Tiger to the tune of $750,000,000. Or, at least, that's what some news agencies have been reporting the past week. Others are saying that Tiger Woods is NOT worth the 2-3 billion that everyone originally thought, but is only worth $600,000,000, which is still more money than I'll ever see in my lifetime.

Without several billion in the bank, you can't give your pissed off ex nearly half of it.

Now, see, usually I don't talk about gossip on the blog. I don't delve into celebrity break-ups or what someone wore to some awards show. And, I'm not going to do that here, but what I am focusing on is divorce in terms of hundreds of millions - if not billions - of dollars.

How much is infidelity worth? Ok, Tiger had sex with the entire East Coast and half of the West, and so the nearly 1 billion dollar amount might just be valid, but seriously... How much is infidelity worth these days? If someone cheats on you, doesn't it hurt like a billion dollars? Isn't there just as much pain and humiliation and emotion as if your cheater-in-question were a billionaire?

I understand divorce settlements, and I also understand how they're typically calculated. Tiger's wife had become accustomed to a particular lifestyle, and thus is allowed by the court system - and the various attorneys between the two - to maintain that lifestyle. But...if it were me...I'd want to make sure I had just enough money to get the hell away from the cheating bastard and start a new life - without paparazzi cameras. $750,000 is a much more reasonable number to do that, more or less.

What do YOU think about divorce settlements? In association with this story, many news outlets have been reporting other famous celebrity divorces in which the wife gets 1, 2, 3, or more BILLIONS of dollars, due to her husband's infidelity. Is that right? How much would YOU be asking for? Comment, tweet, or email your responses!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

4 comments:

  1. I don't know for sure how I'd react in that kind of a situation. But I'd like to think, well I'm pretty sure I'd just want to take whatever is mine personally and get the hell out of dodge. I wouldn't want the house or anything of that sort. I wouldn't want the bastard to keep supporting me either. Although it would be a nice slap in the face to make him pay. I'd just want a clean break so I could move on with my life. At least I'd like to think I'd be like that.

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  2. I don't really have a problem with Elin making out like a bandit. It does however make me think twice about ever getting married though. I wouldn't ever cheat around, but if I was left for whatever reason I don't want half my stuff taken. Well, it would be nice if she would take half my student loans though. =p

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  3. I can imagine that Elin doesn't just want out, she wants revenge. The man didn't just cheat on her, he humiliated her and turned her life upside down. In that sense, I can understand why someone would feel justified in getting everything they could out of their soon-to-be ex-spouse.

    But the dirty dealings of divorce courts do lead me to question the very idea of marriage. It's meant to be this promise made between two loving, consenting adults of everlasting love but nearly half of all marriages end in divorce.
    I'm not saying some divorces aren't almost a necessity but perhaps marriage could be regarded with more weight rather than passion.
    Love is nonsensical yin to marriages' practical, logical yang.

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  4. I think the monetization of emotional trauma is ridiculous, quite honestly. I think it's completely arbitrary how the court can assign a monetary value on a person's feelings.

    I think each person should only be entitled to what they had when they came into the marriage and what they earned while in the marriage. Except for the instance in which one forgoes his or her own career to support the other's or to raise the children. Barring that, I see no reason why the courts should be involved in divorce settlements.

    Generally, though, I feel the state should have no business in marriage.

    Yes, he cheated, which makes him a horrible person in my opinion. But I do not think his transgression is any business of the State's and should not have any monetary repercussions.

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