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Dual challenge: being successful in marriage and business

The challenges thrown at Lake Charles businesspeople every day are enough to make all but the strongest entrepreneurs run for cover. When you add the challenges of marriage to the demands of creating and running a successful business, the combination can sometimes force a person to choose between commerce and personal relationships.

We read an article in which marriage and business experts were asked if entrepreneurs are more likely to go through a divorce. Though there are no formal studies of the question, it seems a majority of experts believe businesspeople face more obstacles than the average person in trying to make their marriages healthy and lasting.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor, author and media figure says the recent announcement that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, are planning a divorce has been misinterpreted by some as a failure. “Give ’em credit,” Schwartz said. “These two worked hard at a relationship and kept it together for what is in anybody’s books a very long time and certainly far longer than his initial startup fervor, which is often the time when everything else gets neglected but the business.”

She added that the incredible success Bezos has achieved in business can also change the circumstances of lifestyle and personal needs to a degree that makes it difficult to keep both halves of a couple content.

Marriage researchers Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman (they are married) said sometimes successful entrepreneurs devote themselves “completely to the business, working as much as 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week.” Their marriage partner often becomes the one responsible for raising the children and maintaining the home.

The wife and husband wind up “living in two separate worlds.”

For entrepreneurs facing the prospect of divorce, thorny questions about property division, spousal support and child custody loom large. A conversation with an experienced family law attorney can help you understand your legal options and how to best protect your family and business.

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