Divorce is never easy, particularly for those in the media spotlight. Georgia pro basketball fans may have heard rumors that San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan is getting divorced. A spokesman for the team has confirmed that the All-Star and his wife of nearly 12 years are in the process of going through a divorce.
Not many details are available yet, since Duncan has been keeping his family situation under wraps. In addition, it appears that he has been delaying the divorce until after the NBA playoffs. The Spurs are currently leading in the Western Conference finals. Duncan's wife filed for divorce in March, but the proceedings are being put on hold so that Duncan can focus on winning another title for the Spurs. Once the Spurs get knocked out the playoffs or win the title, Duncan has 30 days to respond to the divorce request.
Duncan and his wife were married in July, 2001 and have two children. The divorce was filed in Bexar County, Texas. With Texas being a community property state, Duncan's assets will likely be split 50/50 with his soon-to-be-ex-wife, unless he has a prenuptial agreement in place. With an estimated net worth of $75 million, he has a lot to lose.
Property division is not the only issue this couple will have to face. They also have young children, so they will need to decide on who will get custody of the children. The parents can decide on child custody arrangements or have the court decide. If one parent gets sole custody, the other will likely have to pay child support. In this case, if Duncan's wife gets custody, Duncan will likely be asked to pay a hefty monthly payment based on his income.