Melania Trump could receive as much as £37 million from her husband if they break up, a divorce lawyer has predicted.
It has been claimed current US president Donald Trump’s marriage is on the rocks following his US election loss.
And she could receive a settlement of around $50 million if she cuts all ties, claims US divorce lawyer Jacqueline Newman, managing partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd.
‘I would imagine the payout would be fairly generous,’ she told Town and Country.
That figure depends on whether Melania would get custody of their son, but Ms Newman she would likely get the custodial rights.
‘It doesn’t seem as if there’s going to be much question as to who the primary caretaker is,’ the lawyer added.
‘My guess is that she would get primary custodial rights and he would get access whenever he happens to be in town.’
Rumours Mrs Trump will divorce her husband have intensified after she was pictured holding the arm of a US serviceman earlier this week instead of the president.
She stood under an umbrella held by the man, just a few feet away from her husband, at a ceremony to mark Veterans’ Day at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.
Witnesses claim Mrs Trump likely held onto the serviceman to try and maintain her balance while walking across slippery stone slabs in a pair of skyscraper heels.
President Trump also had his own military man to carry his umbrella.
The appearance came as the president’s former aide claimed the first lady will file for divorce as soon as they leave the White House in January.
Omorosa Manigault Newman said: ‘Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce. If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave while he’s in office, he would find a way to punish her.’
Ex-aide Stephanie Wolkoff claimed the Mrs Trump has been negotiating a post-nuptial agreement to ensure the couple’s son, Barron, would get an equal share of Trump’s fortune.
It comes after she has been seen to refusing to take her husband’s hand several times in the White House.
There are rumours Mrs Trump may return to New York so Barron can return to his former private school in Manhattan, or stay in Washington while he finishes high school in Maryland.
Some experts think she may go to Florida, as that is registered as the official residence of the Trumps.
The couple first met in 1998 when Melania Knauss was introduced to the then-businessman.
They have been married for 15 years and have their son Barron, 14, together.
Mr Trump has been married twice previously, with both ending in divorce.
Mr Trump married his first wife Ivanka in 1977, with the couple divorcing in 1992. She reportedly received a payout of $14 million and two properties.
He was married to Marla Maples between 1993 and 1999. She was reportedly given a payout of $2 million after the divorce.
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