Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos settle their divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2019 | Divorce |

Marriage is an adjustment. After couples say their vows to one another, many spouses in Alabama must learn how to cohabitate with one another. In the first few years, some may decide that they are not compatible. Others may have several years — even decades — together and then decide that their marriage is no longer working for a variety of different reasons. In fact, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos recently settled their divorce after 25 years of marriage.

Many people have been watching the Bezoses’ divorce, wondering how the decisions made will impact the company created during their marriage, Amazon. However, the wait for an answer was not a long one. The couple reached a settlement and finalized their divorce six months after announcing their separation. 

Amazon announced in April that Mackenzie would receive 4 percent of outstanding stock, over 19.5 million shares. This stock is valued at $38.3 billion. Jeff will retain 12 percent of stock, valued at $114 billion; his total net worth is valued at $120 billion, leaving him ranked as the wealthiest person in the world. The settlement will leave Mackenzie as one of the wealthiest women in the world; however, she has vowed to donate half of it to charity.

Very few people in Alabama or anywhere else in the country have estates worth near the values of the Bezoses. However, regardless of the value of assets, the decisions made during the divorce process can have lifelong impacts on a person. To help ensure that their interests are adequately and accurately represented during proceedings, most people want an attorney with experience with family law guiding them throughout the process, ensuring that any agreements are fair, as they, once finalized, may be difficult to modify in the future.