Billionaires Get Divorced And Put Their Pants On The Same Way We Do!
The latest news is that billionaire Ken Griffin, he of hedge-fund fame (what exactly are hedge funds, anyway???) is having a very public divorce battle. He and his soon-to-be-ex, Anne Dias, have been fighting in court for a year.
These two had a prenuptial agreement and have been married for 11 years. Wife Anne said that she was coerced to sign the prenup, and threatened with violence. She stated that she would only receive about 1% of the parties' assets because of the prenup. Husband Ken's net worth is approximately $6,900,000,000 (that's 6.9 billion dollars, folks). Husband said he has given Wife $40,000,000 as part of their settlement and is paying her child support for their three (3) children. Anne argued that she requires $1,000,000 per month to support their current lifestyle. Ken's income is estimated at $40,000,000 per month. It's difficult for me to imagine a lifestyle that requires $1,000,000 per month, but I suppose it's possible. Anne would like to have sole custody of their children and relocate to New York, while Ken would like joint custody and the family remain in Chicago.
The issues that plague many divorcing couples are in play here - arguing over maintaining the former lifestyle, validity of a prenuptial agreement, child support, and custody/relocation. It doesn't matter if you are earning $35,000 per year as a manager of a local store, or millions each month managing a hedge fund; you will still have to go through the same agita. Several divorce attorneys have commented that most likely these two will end up settling out of court. That is the best outcome, if possible. Even if you did have the type of money that this couple does, why would you want to fight in court? You don't get to pick when your issues will be heard. You don't get to tell your full story. You may not even get to choose what will be decided first, i.e. custody or child support. Most of it is beyond your control. Please, if at all possible, settle your matters outside of court. Save your time, money, and most of all your sanity.
Family law attorneys focus exclusively on divorce, custody, support and related matters. They are the most qualified to help you with your legal issues in divorce. No matter how much or how little you have, the best way to protect it is to discuss your concerns with them.