A-Rod hit a home run without being a slugger. To the disappointment of tabloid shows that view divorce as a spectator sport, A-Rod and his wife, Cynthia, have reached an out-of-court settlement. His wife had filed for divorce two months ago.
"Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez have amicably resolved their dissolution of marriage proceedings,” attorney Maurice Jay Kutner said in a statement. “They deliberately engaged in a private negotiation, which was their stated desire from the beginning. It was and remains a personal family matter for both of them. All of their decisions were based upon and guided by the best interests of their daughters."
But A-Rod decided to be strategic. By giving his wife more money, he avoided the press hovering like a swarm of bees waiting to sting him. And let’s be realistic. Rodriguez is in the first year of a $275 million, 10-year contract. Although many athletes worry that their earning potential is limited to a few years, and that they may not always be able to be generous in a settlement, his contract means he is going to be very rich for a long time.
Thus, he can afford to be both generous and smart.
When the story of their divorce broke, there were allegations that A-Rod was having an affair with Madonna, which added to the drama. With this settlement, he has covered all bases. There won’t be any court trial to discuss alleged love affairs, nor distractions to take him away from his other love – baseball.
Furthermore, it was questionable whether his relationships outside of marriage would have any impact in a no-fault state like Florida. Though fault can be considered when deciding custody and maintenance, it is unlikely this would have impacted the outcome.
When Cynthia filed for divorce in early July, she requested custody of their two daughters, Natasha, 5, and the baby, Ella, ownership of their $12 million oceanfront home in Miami, and child support and alimony to continue with her current lifestyle. That included private school for her children, the beautiful house, the designer wardrobe, and afterschool activities like ballet and gymnastics, housekeeping for that $12 million house, and the ability to create a new life for herself.
We are happy that A-Rod recognized the wisdom of taking care of his wife and children. Especially since it required very little sacrifice.
Also, when both parties feel that the terms of the divorce were fair and generous, it helps pave the way to rebuild family life, since they will be co-parenting their daughters for many years to come.