Nevada residents may not have heard that the cofounder of Google, Sergey Brin, and his wife Anne Wojcicki, the founder of 23andMe, have divorced. The divorce was finalized in May.
The two married in 2007 and had two children together. They separated in 2013, and there was some publicity at the time around Brin's relationship with another woman at Google that Wojcicki apparently had not been aware of. Brin and Wojcicki have since gone on to date others.
The couple had a prenuptial agreement in place and have reached a settlement, but its details were not made public. Both are wealthy, and in addition to having a close parenting relationship, they remain financially linked. Brin is said to be worth around $30 billion while Wojcicki has raised over $110 million for her company. Her sister still works for Google, and Google is an investor in 23andMe.
High-asset divorces like this one can be complex, and they may be even more complicated when children are involved. A couple may be more motivated to try to maintain an amicable relationship if they must deal with child custody issues along with issues around property division. Like the couple's home state of California, Nevada is a community property state, but this does not necessarily mean everything is divided in half. Some assets may not be considered joint marital property, and a court may make this determination. Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements may also change things although these might also be challenged in court. Individuals may wish to consult an attorney whether the divorce is generally amicable or if it has to go into litigation. Sometimes, people in a stressful divorce may not adequately look after their own interests, and an attorney might be able to protect a client's rights during a difficult period.