While not every Missouri couple who files for divorce have assets worth $137 billion, each couple’s circumstances are unique, and every spouse is entitled to negotiate a settlement that protects his or her financial interests. Some say the higher the net worth, the easier the negotiation, simply because there is more money to go around. Others say that fact can complicate family law matters, especially if financial issues get dragged into highly charged emotional fights. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, Inc., has reportedly been able to devise an amicable settlement in parting from his wife, MacKenzie, which will apparently make her one of the world’s wealthiest women.
The Bezos say they want to end their marriage as friends. Perhaps this type of goal is key toward non-contentious negotiations. If both spouses agree to peacefully resolve property division, child custody and other divorce-related issues, they may be able to settle their cases without ever stepping foot inside a courtroom.
An example of a situation that is polar opposite to the Bezo divorce can be found in the quagmire that arose when former Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt added accusations of infidelity and insubordination to their proceedings. These and other allegations led to an acrimonious litigation situation that was aired in public. Some say the former couple’s divorce is what ultimately caused the Dodgers’ baseball team to go bankrupt.
Any spouse who wishes to avoid long, drawn-out battles in a family law courtroom may want to discuss his or her particular situation with an experienced attorney ahead of time. Whether or not high assets are a concern, every spouse is entitled to protect his or her financial interests in divorce. A Missouri attorney is well-versed in the property division laws of this state and can help make sure the other side playing fair when it comes to asset disclosure and property negotiations.