Butler Professional Athlete & High Profile Divorce Lawyer
The divorce of a professional athlete often involves a high degree of sensitivity, as well as public scrutiny, the latter of which an experienced attorney can help diminish. With any high-asset divorce, there exists an added complexity, and professional athletes are no different. Particularly in the era of social media, it can be very difficult to keep a low profile on the divorce of a high-profile individual, and advice and legal guidance of an experienced divorce lawyer is critical. Our Butler athlete & high-profile divorce lawyers at Bunde & Roberts, P.C. can ensure the highest degree of professionalism and media-savvy competence to ensure that not only do you accomplish your goals in the divorce decree, but that the divorce itself runs as smoothly and quietly as possible. Similarly, if you are the spouse of a professional athlete or member of the MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the PGA, NASCAR, our attorneys can help you receive fair treatment, including child custody, alimony, and marital asset distribution.
Common Challenges of Divorce for Professional Athletes
- Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets—Professional athletes are likely to marry young, during their prime earning years. All earnings made during marriage are considered marital assets, which are subject to equitable (fair) distribution. The median salary of a player in the NFL is $860,000, according to Chron, with many players earning well over $2 million annually. For NBA players, the median is substantially higher at $2.96 million a year, according to Fox Business. Salaries in the NHL and MLB fall somewhere in between. But most professional athletes, particularly in the NFL, have very short careers. They may only play two or three seasons. As such, while the divorce may be a high asset divorce, the financial future of each party is much less certain.
- Spousal Support—While spousal support or alimony is less common in lower asset divorces, they are much more likely in high asset divorces of professional athletes. Moreover, for star players, there may even come a high degree of public scrutiny if the alimony order seems unfair, one way or the other.
- Child Custody—The demanding training and performance seasons of professional athletes can be a major deterrent for a court to grant equal physical custody to a professional athlete, particularly when traveling requires extended stays away from home, such as for those in the MLB.
- Child Support—Child support, and child custody, are both divorce issues and separation issues. One does not need to be married in order to go to family court to determine child custody or support. Professional athletes often have children out of wedlock, and these children and their prospective custodial parents deserve to receive financial support in the form of child support.
Contact a Butler Professional Athlete & High Profile Divorce Lawyer Today
The divorces of professional athletes require specialized experience and knowledge that the lawyers at Bunde & Roberts, P.C. have been cultivating for years. We handle complex, high asset divorces that have the added issue of public scrutiny, which can affect a professional athlete’s earning ability and career. Contact us today at 412-391-4330 to schedule a free consultation.