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Being professionally acclaimed does not always mean that a person would be happy personally as well. Most of the times people show that everything in their relationship is good but in the inside, the truth is that their relationship is not working. Extra marital affairs, misunderstanding and narrow mindedness are some of the reasons why most of the marriages are ending in divorce. It is not easy to fulfill all the expectations of the partner and this leads to various issues in the relationship. Children also suffer a great deal because they have to see their parents fighting all the time and then packing their things and moving out of the house, for forever. A divorce usually turns ugly, even in the case of celebrity divorce. The same could be said about Michael Jordan divorce settlement.

To take divorce, it is necessary that the couples hire a lawyer who can explain them all the legalities related to the case. An attorney tries to solve the matter in a way that both the partners come to an agreement over the things that can create problems during the trial. This might help the couple to peacefully take divorce and end on a good note. Michael Jordan divorce settlement was one of the most expensive divorces of that time. He gave a huge amount to his wife so that they can live their lives comfortably and without any bitter feelings. The reason for divorce was irreconcilable differences and that is why both of them parted ways even after being the proud parents of three children. More information about Jordan divorce settlement is given below.

Introduction to Jordan Divorce Settlement

Michael Jeffrey Jordan is presently an active businessman. He was a professional basketball player in the United States and has now retired. The NBA website contains his biography that has the following statement, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." He is also an author and actor.

Juanita Vanoy who is the former executive secretary for the American Bar Association and a former model was also the lawful wife of Micheal Jordan. In 2000, the Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund had Juanita as the co-founder and Chairman. By April 2006, she became involved in real estate.

In 1984, Michael first met Juanita on a blind date. On December 31, 1987, Michael proposed to her in Chicago. Their marriage took place in September 1989. On the date of wedding, Michael was 26 years of age and Juanita was 30. Further, they had 3 children as follows.

  • Jeffrey Michael (Birth date: 18th November 1988)
  • Marcus James (Birth date: 24th December 1990)
  • Jasmine Mickael (Birth date: 7th December 1992)

One and half year after the wedding, the couple signed a post-nuptial agreement.

On January 4, 2002, the couple filed for divorce and cited irreconcilable differences between them. Soon after this announcement, they were successful in reconciliation. From February 2006, they lived separate and apart. On December 29, 2006, they were granted a final Decree of Dissolution. Both of them cited that their decision to divorce was mutual and amicable.

Terms of Jordan Divorce Settlement

  • Michael will pay 168 million USD to Juanita
  • Juanita will get the 7 acres estate in Chicago
  • Juanita would get the custody of their 3 children: Jeffrey Michael, Marcus James, Jasmine Mickael

As part of the above divorce settlement, Juanita received the following.

  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • The basketball court
  • The tennis court
  • The golf course
  • The river
  • All 4 guest houses
  • The main house
  • The land

On public record, the divorce settlement of 168 million USD was the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history (when it took place).

Michael and Juanita had signed a prenuptial agreement. As per the agreement she would be eligible for 50 percent of Michael's fortune. However, the divorce settlement was only one third of his wealth. This settlement surpassed the amounts paid by Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and Neil Diamond in their personal divorce settlements.

Extra marital affairs of Michael Jordan

It is alleged that Michael Jordan had a secret relation with Karla Knafel. He had paid her 0.25 million USD and in return she maintained the secrecy of their relation. As a matter of fact, Michael had promised her 5 million USD so that she would remain silent about their relationship and not file a paternity suit regarding her pregnancy in 1991.

A DNA test was conducted and this proved that Michael was not the father of Knafel's child. Consequently, on July 21, 2006, an Illinois Judge in Cook County declared that Michael did not owe Karla 5 million USD.

Both the partners enjoy a happy life after divorce. May be divorce was the only way out of the painful relationship they were both indulged into.

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