While most Ohio residents will not face marital disputes about the type of estate at stake in the divorce of Anne Dias and Kenneth C. Griffin, the principles involved may be of interest. Griffin, a hedge fund manager with a net worth estimated at more than $5 billion, reportedly filed for divorce in July, a move that his wife claims blindsided her. Dias Griffin has filed for custody of the couple's three children and has petitioned for the 2003 prenuptial agreement signed prior to the marriage to be nullified.
Dias Griffin alleges that her husband has not lived in the family's home since early 2012, noting that he has not spent much time with the children since that point. Griffin has since countered this claim, insisting that he has been involved in the lives of his children. In relationship to the prenuptial agreement, Dias Griffin insists that it was signed under duress after an argument. She indicates that Griffin encouraged her to attend a counseling session with a neutral psychologist who supposedly recommended that she sign the agreement. She notes that her husband was allegedly a patient of this individual prior to this meeting and that manipulation led to her agreement to the prenuptial terms.
The terms of the agreement would leave Dias Griffin with a settlement of an estimated 1 percent of the value of her husband's assets. According to reports, she once ran an investment firm of her own but in recent years has focused on being the primary caregiver for the children.
An individual facing an unanticipated divorce might be concerned about the impact a prenuptial agreement might have on a financial settlement. A family lawyer might be helpful in exploring the options and implications while handling any counter claims and addressing concerns such as child custody.
Source: CNBC, "Anne Griffin Seeks to Void Prenuptial Agreement With Ken Griffin", Michael J. de la Merced, September 03, 2014