Sergey Brin Asks Courtroom to Deny His Spouse Spousal Help

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Sergey Brin, a Google cofounder and one of the richest people on the planet (net worth: $93 billion), is asking the judge presiding over his pending divorce to withhold spousal support from his soon-to-be ex-wife. Brin isn’t asking for her to pay him any support, either.

The tidbit comes out of the court filings from Brin’s divorce with the attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan. The two quietly married about four years ago and had a daughter that same year. Now, Brin seems to be seeking an equally quiet divorce, according to filings with the Santa Clara Superior Court that were first obtained by Insider.

The January 6, 2022 divorce filing with the Superior Court of California in the County of Santa Clara cites “irreconcilable differences” as the reason Brin and Shanahan are looking to split, and also states that Brin and Shanahan separated in December of last year.

It’s worth noting this isn’t Brin’s first rodeo; before getting together with Shanahan, he’d already divorced 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki back in 2015. Wojcicki and Brin had been married for about eight years and already had two children together; he started dating Shanahan that same year.

Seeing how Brin is worth a whopping $93.1 billion(!!!!), and how Shanahan is a mogul in her own right (she’s a lawyer and runs a foundation), it’s still an open question how their assets will be divided. In the court filing, Brin’s attorneys requested termination of the court’s ability to award spousal or domestic partner support to Shanahan, and noted that “all issues as to the property rights or obligations of the parties will be determined by confidential binding arbitration in accordance with a written agreement between the parties.”

What is clear is how he feels about the child the two share; according to the filing, Brin is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their child, the same way he shared duties over the kids he had with Wojcicki after their split.

Correction 6/17/2020, 11:10 pm ET: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the type of support Sergey Brin was requesting the court deny to Nicole Shanahan. The filing requests denial of spousal or domestic partner support, not child support.

Updated 6/17/2020, 11:10pm ET: Added new details from the original court filing and revised story to reflect the corrected information.

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