You agreed to sign a prenup when you got married. You assumed, at the time, that you would never need it. So did your spouse. You were just being careful. Now, ten years later, you are getting divorced.
Worried that your spouse has decided to hide assets so that you will not get what you deserve during the divorce? It does happen, despite being illegal. The good news is that you can often find these assets. Many of the schemes are quite transparent or count on people not looking closely enough.
People often think of divorce as a battle, with one spouse set against the other. While this may happen, it does not have to be that way. You can take a team approach.
You considered getting a prenuptial agreement, or a prenup, when you and your spouse were preparing to marry. Ultimately, you decided that you did not need one because you did not feel like you had enough wealth to make it worthwhile.
Your divorce means dividing your assets. Much of your money is tied up in investments. You like to have that money working for you 24/7, increasing your wealth even while you sleep.
As you file for divorce, you ask yourself whether it's going to be amicable or contentious. You just do not know how your spouse is going to react. Are you going to fight over your assets in court for months on end, or are you going to split things up quickly and go your separate ways?
People often look at money as a cause for divorce, specifically when the couple does not have enough. Running into financial issues like not being able to pay the rent and living from one paycheck to the next puts a lot of stress on a marriage.
When corporate titans divorce their spouses, the fallout can be far-reaching and splayed out in the news media. One only has to look at the situation with Jeff Bezos -- founder of Amazon and the owner of The Washington Post -- and his wife, Mackenzie.
It can be frightening to go through a divorce as a business owner. You worry that you could lose your business or the assets you need to make it run.
Divorce warning signs are not always as obvious as a public shouting match at a gathering with friends and family. You do not always come home to find your spouse in bed with someone else. These things do happen, but many relationships deteriorate far more slowly, working their way toward divorce as two people drift apart. Often, the warning signs are very subtle.