What Happens To Melania If She Divorces Donald Trump?

Melania Trump and Donald Trump said "I do" back in 2005, and since then, their marriage has been anything but boring. Along with an extravagant lifestyle and some cringe-worthy moments, the couple's relationship has also involved legal matters regarding what will happen if they divorce. 

In The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan writes about the timing of the first lady's move to Washington. According to CNN, "part of the reason first lady Melania Trump delayed her move from New York City to the White House in 2017 was because she was renegotiating her prenuptial agreement with President Donald Trump." 

Why would Melania think that was necessary? Divorce lawyer Christina Previte, Esq. may have an idea. "I suspect that no one ever thought Donald was actually going to win. And then when he did win, Melania and everyone else realized the dramatic changes that they would need to make to their daily lives, including moving to Washington," the legal expert told Nicki Swift. Previte added, "I also suspect Melania didn't really want the public life that she has now as first lady. Even before Donald's presidency, she was very private and not very much in the public eye."

Although Melania may have reluctantly accepted her role in the White House, she apparently wasn't hesitant to make sure something — or, rather, someone — was taken care of if she and Donald should split up.

Melania Trump may be worried about Barron Trump

According to author Mary Jordan's book, The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, when Melania Trump renegotiated her prenup with Donald Trump, "she wanted proof in writing that when it came to financial opportunities and inheritance," their son, Barron Trump, "would be treated as more of an equal to Trump's oldest three children." Divorce lawyer Christina Previte, Esq. told Nicki Swift that it seems like Melania is "very concerned about Barron being ousted from the family, which seems understandable given the strained relationship she reportedly has with [Donald's daughter] Ivanka."

"Since Donald's assets are supposed to be put into a blind trust" out of his control while he's president, "his family members will have control," Previte explained. If something were to happen to Barron's parents, Previte said Donald's "previously born children ... will determine Barron's inclusion in the family business." Apparently, "Melania is right to be concerned about that, particularly since it doesn't appear that [Donald's second youngest child] Tiffany Trump is very involved, if at all, in the business. I suspect Melania doesn't want Barron to become exiled like Tiffany has been."

Beyond that, Previte says, "I have often suspected that Melania would leave Donald once his presidency is over ... If that happens, they will be treated like any other litigants," meaning they "will share income and assets the same as any other divorcing couple, subject to the limitations of the prenuptial agreement."

Would Melania Trump move back to New York?

As divorce lawyer Christina Previte, Esq. theorized to Nicki Swift, much of Melania Trump's motivation in reportedly renegotiating her prenup with President Donald Trump has been to secure the future of their son, Barron. Presumably, part of that planning involves housing, which is why some might be interested to learn that in 2016 Melania purchased a new property via an entity called "721 33H LLC." The tidbit first surfaced in Trump's 2018 financial disclosure form, and further investigation by The Real Deal revealed that Melania purchased a one-bedroom apartment in New York City's Trump Towers for a pricey $1.49 million.

The unit — 33H — "appears to be the only unit the building's condo board has ever purchased," The Real Deal reported. Why Melania purchased this apartment is unclear, and what will happen with the unit should divorce happen is also a mystery.

As for the couple's big penthouse in New York? As Forbes noted, the apartment's value in 2017 was $64 million, and Trump acquired the penthouse in 1983, long before he married Melania. So he'd likely be reluctant to part with it in a divorce. And if Melania can't get the penthouse, could she at least write a tell-all? We looked at Trump's past prenups to determine the likelihood of this scenario.

Melania Trump might have to keep quiet

The privacy that shrouds Melania Trump would likely continue should she divorce President Donald Trump. Divorce lawyer, Christina Previte, told Nicki Swift, "Commonly, wealthy litigants, especially those who wish to maintain their privacy, would likely settle everything out of court through their attorneys."

There's also Trump's prenup with his second wife, Marla Maples, to consider. "Under the extensive confidentiality agreement, Maples agreed she wouldn't publish 'any diary, memoir, letter, story, photograph, interview, article, essay, account or description or depiction of any kind whatsoever, whether fictionalized or not, concerning (or seeming to concern) the details of the parties' marriage,'" Vanity Fair reported in 2019 about the prenup. The outlet added the consequence for any such breach: "And if she did, the prenup stated: 'Donald will suffer irreparable damage and injury in the event of any such breach.'"

So it's possible that Melania agreed to a similar code of silence in her prenup with Trump. Of course, we can't say for certain.