Late last month, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory made headlines with the sad news that she was separating from her husband-who was also injured in the blast-less than one year after their dream wedding. Without knowing the couple, it's impossible to say what contributed to the dissolution of their marriage, but it's probably safe to say that the stresses of the last few years (surgeries, rehabilitation, major physical changes) may have played a role.
Before you formed your business partnership, did you vet your partners' marriages along with their bank statements? You may not consider it until divorce proceedings are underway, but your partners' spouses likely own a part of your company, whether you want them to or not.
A dear friend of mine recently made the heartbreaking decision to put her dog down. He was nearly 14 and had terminal cancer. It was awful for their family. She said, "It was so hard because he would still go for a run with my husband every day. He still loved his treats. But he was in so much pain."
January can be an opportunity for a fresh start. And for some, that means ending unhappy marriages. In fact, January is known as "divorce season," the top month for divorce filings. For some, the change will be welcome, while for others it will come as a shock when they learn their spouse is leaving.
Divorce is almost always an emotionally taxing experience. Divorces that involve millions (or billions) of dollars have an added level of intensity and drama. It's not uncommon for the parties in a divorce to act in irrational ways that may be counter to their own best interests or to make simple financial errors that can cost them dearly in the calculation of a settlement.