Sometimes a marriage just doesn’t work out. It’s something our readers here in Colorado probably know all too well, perhaps because of a personal experience or because they frequently read about it in our blog. When it comes to the dissolution of marriage, a lot of things can happen and even more that goes into the process than some people think.
Take for example the possible divorce of Google cofounder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki who recently announced that they were splitting up after six years of marriage. The news came as a shock to many people across the nation, especially to those in Silicon Valley who knew the couple best. But the couple is reported to have been living apart for several months and decided that it was time to make a move.
While both are said to be worth a fortune, -- Brin was recently estimated by Forbes to be worth roughly $24 billion -- reports indicate that a prenuptial agreement will likely take care of a majority of the couple’s division of assets, including their stakes in Google, Wojcicki’s DNA testing company, and any of the other philanthropic and business ventures that they had together.
Another concern lies in the custody of their two children. While reports indicate that they remain good friends at this time, there’s no telling whether this will hold when child custody discussions begin. When emotions run high during custody battles, even the best of relationships can shatter.
While the couple has announced their split, they have not confirmed whether they have begun the divorce process at this time. But for such a high-profile divorce, the addition of legal counsel may be needed down the road.
Source: Forbes, "Report: Google Cofounder Sergey Brin, Wife Anne Wojcicki Have Split Up," Robert Hof, Aug. 28, 2013