When one reads about celebrity divorce shenanigans in the popular press, one could reasonably expect to see a byline of New York, Los Angeles or, perhaps, Miami. However, a recent divorce settlement with distinctively Washington roots has made a splash in the national media. In May, Francis Bean Cobain - the daughter of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and musician and actress Courtney Love - announced that her split from Isaiah Silva had been finalized.
What really got folks' attention, however, was that Silva ended up with the iconic guitar that Cobain's father famously played in Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" session. Vanity Fair reported that Silva claimed that Cobain gave him the guitar as a gift during the marriage. In spite of her attempts to reclaim the 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar, the final settlement awarded the instrument - reportedly worth millions of dollars - to Silva.
In exchange, Francis Bean Cobain will keep the house that she and Silva purchased in California. Additionally, Cobain will not be required to pay any sort of alimony or spousal support to Silva. Cobain was allowed to sequester her father's estate - now valued at over $450 million - from Silva as a premarital asset.
In a bizarre twist to the case, Silva recently filed suit and accused Cobain and several other of conspiring to break into his home, murder him and steal back the guitar. None of the accused individuals have publicly commented on the lawsuit in the press.
The best way to protect assets that are precious or sentimental from being lost in a divorce is to seek legal advice. Taking steps prior to, during and after marriage could help ensure you walk away from the marriage with what is rightfully yours..