Last summer, in 2019, the Bezos family broke headlines with the news of their divorce after 25 years of marriage. With an estimated $137 billion in assets at stake, all eyes were on the Amazon founder and his wife. It’s safe to say that there’s been no other divorce like this one, and even though most couples do not amass the amount of wealth of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, there are still lessons we can take away from their split.
#1: It pays to keep things amicable
No matter how you feel about your spouse, the best way to get through your divorce smoothly is to remain on friendly terms. In Jeff and MacKenzie’s case, it looks like they were able to work through their divorce issues cooperatively and amicably. They were focused on the big picture, ending their marriage equitably, and willing to solve their problems instead of battling each other. Keep in mind that this approach will also help minimize the financial and emotional effects that typically accompany a litigated divorce.
Of course, this is sometimes easier said than done. If you need help reducing conflict, you should consider mediation or a collaborative divorce.
#2: Stay focused on the end goals
With a public fallout such as this one, tabloids were searching for a story, and they found one. Soon after the news of their divorce, Jeff Bezos’ new romantic relationship came to light. Sometimes, details like this can derail divorce negotiations and make it difficult to make sound decisions. Given the speed of the Bezos’ divorce, it appears that MacKenzie and Jeff were able to stay focused on their goals while remaining professional.
If your spouse wronged you, it can be easy to get caught up in the emotions of it all, but be careful not to let it affect your end goals or decision making.
#3: Don’t involve the kids
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are very private about their family, but it’s publicly known that they have four children. Even through this difficult period, they have guarded and maintained their privacy. It’s an important lesson that the two were able to choose a low-conflict method that saved their kids the pain of a high-profile divorce case. When you divorce with kids, you need to come together to choose the best parenting plan, and you cannot do that when you are fighting.
Although your divorce will look different than Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’, you’ll realize that there are similarities there that you can apply to your breakup.
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