A window into another high profile couple who have announced they are divorcing. Bill and Melinda Gates announced that, after 27 years of marriage, they have decided to separate.
Their contribution to good causes is well documented, and the couple set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 aiming to improve healthcare, education and tackling poverty worldwide.
In contrast to some other couples featured recently in the media, they appear to be taking an amicable and joint approach to dividing their considerable wealth, and have indicated they are to continue working together in some of their joint ventures.
Whilst it can be argued it is easier to remain amicable when there are ample assets to divide and less to argue about, even where there are few assets to meet the needs of the family, keeping things amicable, and focused on reaching agreement, can have many benefits not only on an emotional basis for the whole family, but also by limiting legal costs.
Dealing with the legal aspects of moving on after a relationship breakdown can be a worrying prospect. Even making initial contact with a lawyer can be daunting. At Waldrons we understand that which is why our team will listen to you and provide you with proactive advice to help you move on. It is important to seek advice at an early stage, as the sooner you act the quicker you will be able to take positive steps forward. It is particularly important when there is a dispute to take legal advice as soon as possible – acting now could mean that you have a better chance of achieving the best possible outcome for you whether this relates to divorce, separation, financial disputes, matters relating to children or domestic abuse.
Contact Waldrons on 01384 811811 who can advise on matters relating to relationship breakdown.