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High asset divorce lessons from Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos

Most people navigating divorce proceedings will experience difficulties at some point in the process. This is especially true in cases where one or both spouses own a great deal of assets. However, experts say that there are ways for people to get through a high asset divorce with as little animosity as possible. They point to the recent divorce of Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, as an example. His divorce offers several lessons for those here in New Jersey in a similar situation.

First, Bezos and his ex-wife were careful to generate a story for their divorce that they both agreed to promote. They made a joint announcement on social media and kept any negative details private. Experts say that doing this avoided pitting family members against one another as they may have done in an attempt to side with Bezos or his wife.

Even so, being aware that there may be hiccups along the entire process can help spouses cope with the whole divorce. Bezos and his ex-wife were the subject of tabloid coverage. Though most people won't experience that, it shows that being prepared for potential negative or public exposure can minimize any damage.

Besides showing a united public front, experts advise spouses to be as amicable as possible during the divorce process. This is how things appeared to be between Bezos and his ex-wife, and it can be an admittedly difficult thing to accomplish. Many people feel as though they need to be "right" in a divorce, but experts say that considering it like a problem that needs a solution may make things easier.

Finally, one of the best lessons from Jeff Bezos' divorce is to assemble a team of experts. A financial expert and a family therapist may be among the professionals used in divorce proceedings. One of the most important people on a divorce team is an experienced attorney. Anyone here in New Jersey can benefit from the legal advice of an attorney with the know-how to handle a high asset divorce.

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