Kobe Bryant Divorce on Hold: Can He and Vanessa Work It Out?
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are calling off their divorce. At least for the moment.
TMZ is reporting the Bryants are working on reconciling their relationship. Apparently, Vanessa will not sign off on the divorce, though she has the right to do this upcoming weekend.
Per the report, Vanessa, who was ready to call off her marriage to Kobe due to past infidelities, needed to wait a full six months before completing the divorce process.
That time frame will conclude this upcoming weekend, but sources have confirmed with the news agency that Vanessa has relented on finalizing the split. Per TMZ:
Vanessa could end the marriage as early as Monday ... but we know she won't.
Now here's the deal. We're told Kobe and Vanessa have had their ups and downs since she filed for divorce ... and there's nothing stopping her from filing final divorce papers at some point in the future if things don't work out.
The other interesting part in all of this is that Vanessa owns three of her husband's mansions, as the report states. Kobe, at some point during the process, signed off those properties to his wife.
The Los Angeles Times reported back in December that Vanessa was wise to wait out the 10-year mark on their marriage:
The fact the marriage lasted 10 years gives Vanessa Bryant several advantages under California divorce law. After passing the 10-year mark, attorney Dmitry Gorin said, a marriage is defined as a lengthy one, which means the spouse is allowed to maintain her standard of living after the split.
It's hard to know what caused the change of heart, but if the report is indeed true, something has clearly made Vanessa believe her marriage is worth saving.
Leaving all snark aside, this is wonderful news, and it has nothing to do with loyalty to the Lakers or Kobe Bryant. Above all else, the news should resonate the most with Natalia and Gianna, the couple's two young daughters.
The question of whether Kobe and Vanessa can hold it together past this tumultuous time rests on the progress they have made over the past six months. They have lasted this long, so I am wagering that they make it through.
Here is to hoping that mom and pop continue down this road of reconciliation, if only to keep the family together.
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