Fraud and Divorce: What We Can Learn from the Zobrist Divorce with Top Attorney, Holly Davis

Fraud and Divorce: What We Can Learn from the Zobrist Divorce with Top Attorney, Holly Davis

In this week’s episode, Host Susan Guthrie is joined by top family law attorney, Holly Davis, to discuss the fascinating celebrity divorce of Ben and Julianna Zobrist, which has been playing out for months in the media with allegations of fraud.  Susan and Holly unpack the claims and bring a dose of reality into the conversation to help you to understand the role of fraud in divorce.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Ben Zobrist has been very vocal in his allegations and claims of fraud in his divorce proceeding but is any of it true and if it is, what effect does it actually have on the divorce?  Top family law attorney, Holly Davis discussed the facts of the case and what the legal effect of Ben’s position is when it comes to a final judgment from the court.  It is not unusual for a disgruntled spouse to cast aspersions on their ex, but is it just legal positioning or will it actually affect the outcome and sway the judge in court? Find out in this fascinating episode!

Some of the topics we discuss:

Judges are supposed to be neutral, but will facts like this tend to push them to one party’s side? 
How can an allegation of fraud play out in a divorce case? Does it become a separate case, or do the two legal cases become combined?
How would a finding of fraud manifest in a final divorce decree? 
How commonly does fraud come up in divorce cases? 
Does having an affair increase the risk of being accused of fraud in a divorce proceeding?
Can Zobrist make any other claims, like “mental anguish”? 

More information About This Week’s Special Guest:  Holly Davis

Holly R. Davis is a founding partner of Kirker Davis LLP. An accomplished and nationally-recognized family law trial attorney with over ten years’ experience, her legal practice focuses on high asset divorce, business and professional divorce, custody matters, and complex litigation.

With a strong professional reputation for her litigation and courtroom skills, Holly has successfully handled cases ranging from multi-million–and even billion dollar—estates, to divorces involving family businesses and young professionals. Her core business philosophy is based on fidelity to the practice of law and a commitment to client service. It’s a perspective which has yielded significant success, particularly in her time as founding partner at one of the most well known personal injury & family law firms in Austin. The success of their business practices, based on creative and innovative approaches to the profession, have changed the way family law firms operate in Central Texas, an impact which will last for years to come. Also noteworthy: Holly amassed this record of professional accomplishment all before the age of 35, with the support of her family.

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SUSAN GUTHRIE®, ESQ. is nationally recognized as one of the top family law and divorce mediation attorneys in the country.  Susan is a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and is the Founder of Divorce in a Better Way® which provides a curated selection of resources and information for those facing divorce and other life changes. 

Internationally renowned as one of the leading experts in online mediation, Susan created her Learn to Mediate Online® program and has trained more than 18,000 professionals in how to transition their practice online.  Susan recently partnered with legal and mediation legend, Forrest “Woody” Mosten to create the Mosten Guthrie Academy which provides gold standard, fully online training for mediation and collaborative professionals at all stages of their career.  


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