Amazon shareholders have been more than a little relieved that Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos' divorce from his wife MacKenzie has been an amicable and relatively uncomplicated one -- at least publicly. Despite the couple's vast wealth, they seem to have worked out a division of property and a parenting agreement with relatively little drama.
These days, many divorces are settled outside of a courtroom. There are a number of options for reaching agreements on property division, support and child custody that don't involve presenting your case in court to a judge. These options can save couples time, money and added conflict.
Many couples make the divorce process far more expensive than it needs to be. If you're involved in a high-conflict litigated divorce in which you're contacting your attorney daily on every matter, large and small, you can expect hefty bills. Some people assume their estranged spouse will be ordered to pay the legal bills. That can be an expensive assumption.