Antonio Banderas will pay Melanie Griffith $65,000 a month; their divorce is final

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are no longer Mr. and Mrs.

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are no longer Mr. and Mrs.

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Could you live off $65,000 a month? That’s what Antonio Banderas has agreed to pay Melanie Griffith in spousal support now that their divorce is final.

The acting couple’s official dissolution, which was filed on Friday in L.A. Superior Court, came about 18 months after they went public with their intention to split and about 19½ years after they got married.

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The breakup appears to have been quite civil, in keeping with the tone of their June 2014 announcement.

“We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together,” the couple said at the time in a statement obtained by People.

Of course the sexy stars would make their decision to divorce “consensual,” instead of the much stodgier “mutual.” Consensual sounds so much steamier.

So, back to the stuff: According to court documents obtained by The Times, Griffith, 58, gets the Aspen, Colo., house, Banderas, 55, keeps the co-op on Central Park West in Manhattan, and they sold their Hancock Park property -- actually, two adjacent properties stuck together -- in June for nearly $16 million, which they’ve split.

Banderas agreed to pay for daughter Stella’s expenses through her 19th birthday this past September, and he’ll pay for college or grad school costs incurred through September 2021.


Now, something happened in 2004 -- TMZ says it was a postnuptial agreement -- that means the two will split all money on entertainment projects they participated in between January of that year and May 31, 2014, which was right before she filed for divorce.

Each gets to keep the bucks from projects that happened from when they were married in May 1998 through December 2003. Some examples: Earnings from 2014’s “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” are community property, but his “Mask of Zorro” money is his, and her, um, “Stuart Little 2” cash stays in her bank accounts. Their businesses are also divided specifically, though it’s impossible to determine their value via the filing.

Griffith gets her jewelry and clothes and some furniture; Banderas gets his motorcycles and some electronics and music equipment; and they each get a Picasso and a Porsche -- we should all have such problems. However, she comes out ahead in the car department, nabbing six vehicles to his two. And she keeps the lease on the corporate Bentley.

However, if the “Working Girl” star remarries, the “Desperado” actor is off the spousal support hook -- and that $780,000 a year disappears.

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