Did Mark Zuckerberg ‘like’ a prenuptial agreement?

By |2022-10-07T09:45:21+00:0028 May 2012|Categories: Celebrities, Division of Assets, High Asset Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements|

Recently, people have been talking about whether or not Facebook has been a contributing factor to many divorces. In fact, our last post explored why a significant amount of divorces mention or directly involve a spouse’s behavior on the social networking site. In spite of all that, the founder of the newly-public company just tied the knot with his college sweetheart. Many people are speculating whether or not the couple had a prenuptial agreement drawn up prior to the wedding.

Given his enormous amount of wealth, it is likely that Mark Zuckerberg had a prenup in place. The couple got married the day after Facebook went public, which may not have been a coincidence. When the company went public, Zuckerberg’s net worth of $17 billion was clarified. This is important to note since California is a community property state. This means that if a couple is divorced in California, any property or money accrued prior to the wedding belongs to the individual. Anything that is made or lost during the course of a marriage would be split between the spouses if they divorce.

Essentially, this would mean that Zuckerberg’s $17 billion belongs to him if the couple splits up. It gets tricky, however, when you consider the fact that Facebook will continue to grow and generate a huge profit. The growth of those assets would likely be considered community property. This is why it would be very important to have a prenuptial agreement in place.

In a situation like this, a prenup could set a limit on how much of a company’s growth will be considered to be community property. A couple could negotiate the amounts of spousal support that would be paid in the event of a divorce. Assets could be assigned and divided, and the financial security of each spouse could be protected.

Sources say that Zuckerberg’s wife would be amenable to a prenuptial agreement. It was said that, prior to moving to California to be with Zuckerberg many years ago, she prepared a relationship agreement for him to sign. It outlined what the couple would agree to in order to make her relocation, and their relationship, a success. With this kind of planning and documentation, it is quite likely that she, and her new husband, understand the importance of laying everything on the table before a big change.

Source: The New York Times, “Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage,” Tara Siegel Bernard, May 21, 2012

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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