The marriage of one of the richest men in the world is coming to an end. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, are headed for divorce. When marriages break down in Louisiana and elsewhere in the country, family law rules apply even when — as in Bezos’ case — a fortune of $137 billion is at stake.
Bezos actually announced the breakdown of his marriage on a social media site. Although he and his soon-to-be former wife have said they will remain cherished friends, talk centers around how assets accumulated during the marriage will be divided. The couple was married before the founding of Amazon, so MacKenzie Bezos would have a claim to those assets. Apparently, the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement.
The couple, who have four children, own a number of homes which would be considered community property. Since the separation has had a public air of being amicable, it is thought they may have already ironed out the details of the divorce and won’t have to go to court. From its humble beginnings in the garage in the home owned by the couple, Amazon has grown to become an e-commerce giant which sells all kinds of things, not to mention running data centers and other popular digital services like Netflix.
It doesn’t matter what a couple’s overall worth is, the same family law rules apply when it comes to divorce in Louisiana. Understanding the divorce process will help to ease the stress that is usually part of every divorce of family law issue. An attorney can help his or her clients to understand the dynamics of divorce and what should unfold during every step of the way.