Frances Bean Cobain in battle with ex over famous guitar

By |2022-04-07T18:34:03+00:0007 Feb 2017|Categories: Prenuptial Agreements|


It is all too easy to let the strong feelings that you have for your significant other color your decision making. After all, if you believe you have found that one true and lasting love, why worry about future conflicts? But unfortunately, sometimes feelings change and what once seemed an unbreakable bond devolves into a bitter feud. When this happens, you may find yourself downright shocked at your former partner’s behavior.

In a post last year on this blog, we wrote about the very contentious divorce proceedings being played out between Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva, her estranged husband. At issue now is the possession of an heirloom that is a part of Ms. Cobain’s family legacy.

Ms. Cobain is the daughter of the late Kurt Cobain, the legendary rock musician. And part of his extremely valuable estate includes a very rare acoustic-electric guitar that he played on a monumental MTV appearance in 1993.

At present, the guitar is the hands of Mr. Silva, who claims that Ms. Cobain gave him the instrument as a gift. But Ms. Cobain denied this claim and the pair were unable to settle the matter through mediation. Now it appears a judge will decide who gets the priceless instrument as the divorce heads to court.

One reason this situation has come to such a tumultuous impasse may be because, according to Mr. Silva’s filing, the couple never signed a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage. A well-crafted prenuptial agreement could have included stipulations regarding the ownership of Ms. Bean’s father’s estate, thus protecting her from such difficulties.

If you are entering a marriage with assets that you want to be protected in case your relationship falters, you may want to meet with an experienced prenuptial agreements attorney. A prenup can help you avoid the kind of pitfalls that Ms. Bean is currently encountering.

Source: The National Post, “Frances Bean Cobain’s divorce battle with estranged husband centers on her late father’s priceless guitar,” Jan. 3, 2017

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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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