Giada De Laurentiis: Divorce Final, Costs Her Big Bucks

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Giada De Laurentiis is finally divorced, but ending her marriage cost the TV chef big bucks.

According to a report from People magazine, the divorce documents state that Giada De Laurentiis and her ex-husband, fashion designer Todd Thompson, will share custody of their daughter, seven-year-old Jade Marie. De Laurentiis no doubt makes way more money than her ex, however, as she must pay him $9,000 per month in child support.

Giada De Laurentiis and Todd Thompson had no prenup, and that isn't serving the beloved chef well. Todd Thompson will keep the couple's $3.2 million house in Pacific Palisades, California, and Giada must give him 50 percent of all net book royalties for books she published during their marriage--as well as 50 percent of the unpaid advances to several cookbooks that she has in the works. That alone amounts to more than $5 million. Neither parties were ordered to pay spousal support.

The Food Network star first announced her split from Todd Thompson back in December.

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After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage. Although our decision to separate...

Posted by Giada De Laurentiis on Monday, December 29, 2014

"Although our decision to separate comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus on the future and overwhelming desire for our family's happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths. Todd and I share a beautiful daughter and a lifetime of great memories that we both treasure more than anything," she wrote on her Facebook page.

Rumors ran rampant for a while about Giada De Laurentiis and fellow chef Bobby Flay having an affair. Both parties denied the rumors.

Giada De Laurentiis will surely recoup any money she has to pay her ex-husband. She is a coveted TV chef who makes the rounds of many of the daytime talk shows and news programs. In the meantime, however, the payout could impact the way she lives.

Do you think Giada De Laurentiis is seriously doubting the decision of not having a prenup when she married Todd Thompson?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.