Gibson to get Gouged in his Divorce

Get a prenup! That’s the lesson that Mel Gibson is going to walk away with after his divorce from his wife, Robyn. The divorce shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise, even though the two did spend 28 years of their lives together as a married couple. But they did separate 3 years ago so really, not all that much of a shocker. What is shocking is that Mel didn’t have a prenup and his estimated worth is a whopping $900 million. Ouch! That one’s gonna hurt. It seems that he will get some relief as any money he made after the date of separation is 100% his for keeps but add in to that the fact that she’s also going for legal fees and spousal support. What more spousal support do you need after $450 million? From US,

“Mel Gibson’s wife Robyn has filed for divorce after 28 years of marriage.

In the papers — signed Apr. 9 — she cites “irreconcilable differences.”

“Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so,” a rep for Gibson, 53, tells Usmagazine.com in a statement.

TMZ.com alleges that “there is no prenuptial agreement” based on source reporting. In 2006, Gibson’s fortune was estimated at $900 million. Under California law, community property — which includes earnings — is divided 50/50.

Robyn — who split from Gibson nearly three years ago around the time of his infamous DUI arrest — lists the date of separation as “to be determined,” which TMZ points out is important because “earnings generally cease to be community property when the couple separates.”

(Gibson filed a response to his wife’s petition, stating the date as August 26, 2006.)

Robyn, who has seven children with Gibson, has requested spousal support and attorneys’ fees.

She is also seeking joint physical and legal custody of their son, Tom, who turns 10 Tuesday. (Tom is their only child who is a minor.)”

It seems as though Mel didn’t bother with a contract that would protect his assets at the beginning of their marriage because no one knew who he was and he hadn’t made his huge name for himself yet. So yes, there is the lesson to all. No matter who you are, what you do for a living, how old you are, or what your circumstances are….always, always get a prenup.

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