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In Splitting Assets, the Bezos Divorce Reveals Biases Against Stay-at-Home Partners

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The Bezos divorce has been the subject of much discussion in the media, making it by far one of the most-talked-about divorces thus far in 2019. Headlines have varied from “How Much Could Wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Get in Divorce?” (Inside Edition) to “How Much Could MacKenzie Bezos Get in a Divorce?” (CNBC). However, are these headlines fair, or are they bias against “C-Suite” and stay-at-home spouses?

There is no doubt that many expectations are placed on “C-Suite” spouses. While “C-Suite” spouses may not work in a traditional office, they contribute to their spouse’s personal success and the accompanying business ventures’ success.

Marriage often tasks C-Suite spouses with holding down responsibilities at the home and managing the day-to-day activities of the family while the other spouse is traveling or working long hours. Publicity often subjects C-Suite spouses to the constant pressure of living their life in the spotlight and the scrutiny of the public eye. Without the support of his or her spouse, C-Suite level employees arguably would not be able to entirely focus on his or her business venture or personal success. READ MORE