New York, NY- Last fall Rupert Murdoch settled his divorce with his much younger wife Wendi Deng. And this fall will see another high-dollar, high-profile Murdoch divorce as the media mogul’s daughter Elisabeth Murdoch and her husband Matthew Freud.
Ms. Murdoch, 46, and Freud, 50, have been married for nearly thirteen years and have two children together, but their long-standing marriage will be settled this week, the Daily Mail reported.
The couple, who is worth 250 million pounds – Freud works in public relations and Ms. Murdoch has her own production company— will be granted a decree nisi this week. In the a decree nisi means the court recognizes a couple has the right to divorce but they must wait for a period of six weeks in case someone must raise objections to the divorce.
While the couple have not given an exact reason why their marriage has failed, their split is reportedly tied to Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from Wendi Deng last year. After speaking with sources close the matter, the Daily Mail reported that there is a rift between Freud and patriarch Murdoch over a “crush” Deng had on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
According to the Mail, Mr. Murdoch accuses Freud, great grand-son of the infamous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, of “cultivating” Deng to “antagonize” her estranged husband. Adding to the strain between Freud and his father in-law is the fact that Freud, who has known Blair for years, refused to invite Rupert to his 50th birthday.
Regardless of the reasons for the divorce, which doesn’t appear to be acrimonious, Freud and Ms. Murdoch have their sizable fortune to split up and child custody to deal with—their children are aged 7 and 13. When child custody is at issue, some couples find its best to enlist a divorce attorney to resolve this issue.
Of course, there are probably other reasons Freud and Ms. Murdoch have decided to end their marriage, but the relationship with the in-laws. A bad relationship with the in-laws can drive a wedge between married couple, despite how solid their relationship is.
Results from a 2013 study show that when it comes to men, a close relationship with the in-laws will have little effect on their marriage, but not so with women. Researchers found that when a woman has a close relationship with their in-laws it may put a strain on their marriage, maybe not at first, but by not setting up certain boundaries can lead to discord between spouses. That unhappiness may eventually cause an irreversible breakdown in a marriage.
“Women value a close relationship with their in-laws but may ultimately view them as meddling, while men are more interested in providing for their families and take their in-law’s actions less personally,” lead researcher Terri Orbuch said.
With any divorce, regardless of the reason, couples need guidance and expert advice on how to divide property and assets along with determining child custody. Divorce attorneys can be instrumental in helping a couple resolves these issues with as little acrimony as possible.