In a time when outrageously large divorce settlements seem to be the norm, there are a few poor souls who’ve walked away from their marriages with very little money to show for it…despite being married to multi-millionaires. This anomaly is due in part to iron clad prenuptial agreements and folks who just don’t want anything. They’re either wealthy in their own right or were the cause of the split and chose not to hurt their former spouse more than they already had by asking for money. While it isn't easy to discuss prenups when they’re in the throws of a passionate romance, celebs who’ve been burned will attest to the fact that having one in place is key. This avoids so much stress and heartache when their marriages come to an end. The wealthier of the two no doubt feel grateful to be able to hold onto their hard earned cash, but it can also speed up divorce proceedings between couples who can’t speak to each other without launching into an argument.
Of course there are always those who still try to fight the agreement in the hopes that judges will rule in their favor. It doesn’t always work but it doesn’t hurt to try. The celebs listed below once enjoyed marital bliss but for various reasons (more often than not the “irreconcilable differences” reason is sited) the outcome was the same. Spouses said goodbye to their marriages but failed to profit from it. When multi-million dollar settlements are the norm, these folks walked away with a few hundred thousand dollars. Peanuts compared to the fortunes of their former spouses. In some extreme cases, ex-spouses left with absolutely nothing. Crazy, right?
The moral of this story? Get a tough as nails lawyer to draw up an agreement and throw every crazy clause you can think of in there to protect your fortune from different scenarios. It’s a tough chat but the wealthier spouse will be laughing while they count all the money they didn’t have to give away.
10 Anna Faris and Benjamin Indra - $900,000
9 Kate Walsh and Alex Young - $627,000
8 Torrei Hart and Kevin Hart - $175,000
The famous stand-up comedian Kevin Hart is worth $9,000,000. He and Torrei got married in 2003 and later finalized their divorce in 2010. Hart was order to pay a lump sum of $175,000 to his ex. This small settlement is due largely to their iron clad prenuptial agreement. Also included as part of the payout were a few gifts such as the Cadillac Escalade he bought her and some jewelry. Hart also has to pay $19,785 per month in child support for his two kids, Heaven Leigh and Hendrix.
7 Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting - $165,000
After a whirlwind romance that lasted only two short months, this pair got engaged and tied the knot shortly afterwards. However, the fairy tale only lasted 21 months. Cuoco is currently worth $72,000,000 but when Sweeting tried to file for spousal support, the request was shut down. He only received a one time lump sum payment of $165,000. In addition to that, Cuoco graciously paid $200,000 in outstanding personal trainer fees for her ex. It’s not all bad though, he gets to keep gifts he received from Cuoco during their brief marriage.
6 Katy Perry and Russell Brand - $0
5 Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi - $0
4 Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli - $0
Garth and Facinelli were married for 11 years before their divorce was finalized in 2013. At the time, Garth stated that the split was very difficult to accept. Despite parting ways, the two have remained amicable. They both chose not to seek spousal support from one another and in lieu of paying child support, they’ve split the cost of raising their kids equally. They share custody of their 3 daughters: Luca Bella, Lola Ray and Fiona Eve.
3 LisaRaye McCoy and Michael Misick - $0…for now
2 Stephanie March and Bobby Flay - $0
1 Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries - $0
This infamous marriage only lasted an insane 72 days. While Kardashian filed for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, Kris filed for annulment convinced that he’d been the victim of fraud. He claimed the marriage was a sham and only took place for the benefit of Kardashian’s reality show. Their court battle last 536 days (almost 8 times longer than they’d been married) with Humphries fighting hard to prove his case. Ultimately he realized that his attempts were futile and eventually settled. Plus, the judge presiding over the case was getting tired of Humphries' stall tactics. Humphries had originally asked for $7,000,000 to settle as an annulment but instead walked away with nothing. He’s probably regretting not accepting Kardashian’s initial offer to settle their divorce for $10,000,000.
Sources: huffingtonpost.com, ibtimes.co.uk, hollywoodlife.com, dailymail.co.uk
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