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After a divorce, can you still run your family business?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Divorce

You may be worried that you’re going to lose your family business because you’re getting a divorce. After all, your initial goal was to run the company with your spouse and the two of you are joint business owners. Now that you’re getting divorced and you have to divide your marital property, it’s natural to assume that this also means you must divide your business.

And it is true that this business could be subject to property division. Many couples will sell the company so that they can split up the money that they earn. But that is not necessarily the only option that you have, and it’s important to know what else you can consider.

Buying the other half

First and foremost, you may want to consider buying your spouse’s half of the company. For instance, perhaps you are far more heavily involved in the day-to-day operations at the business. It may make sense for you to keep the company and give your ex financial compensation for their ownership percentage. This way, you keep your source of income for the future.

Continuing to work together

Another potential option is that you and your ex can work together as business owners, even after you are divorced. You do not have to sell the business, and joint ownership satisfies the property division requirements. The biggest question here is whether or not you and your ex are on good enough terms to work together after your marriage ends.

Getting divorced can be complicated, especially for business owners. If you’re in this position, be sure you know exactly what legal steps you can take.