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How will divorce affect the family-owned business?

April 14, 2017

Getting divorced can be complicated enough but when you add a family business to the picture, there are many other factors that should be considered during the divorce process. Individuals who own their own business and are getting divorced need to be aware of what steps to take to protect themselves and their business.

During the divorce process, spouses will have to determine how their assets will be divided according to state law. This can be a difficult process to handle, especially when your business may be at stake but understanding how your business may be affected and what steps to take can make the process go smoother and be less stressful.

What steps should business owners be aware of during the divorce process? There are several considerations to make before and during the divorce that owners should be aware of. Some of the most common considerations to make are listed below:

  • What will happen to the company? If the couple co-owns the business, they will need to decide if they both still own the company, if it should be sold or if one spouse will need to buy out the spouse’s interest and run the company on his or her own.
  • What is the value of the business? It is very important to have an accurate valuation of the business because it will help determine how the shares will be divided and helps determine how much one spouse would have to pay to buy out the other spouse.
  • What are the options when getting divorced and you own a business together? It is vital for both spouses to understand what options are available before they decide what will happen to the company.

Owning a business during the divorce process can be very complicated but understanding how your company may be affected and what factors to consider before the divorce negotiations begin will help you and your business in the end.

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