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Knowing the options when facing divorce as a business owner

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2022 | Divorce |

Owning and operating a business can be a rewarding experience and managing operations could even become an integral aspect of your life. After working tirelessly to turn your Alabama company from a startup to a successful enterprise, you might wish to take every possible measure to safeguard its longevity. 

However, it might not always be possible to predict the challenges your business might face, especially those stemming from issues in your personal life. If you and your spouse decide to part ways, you might have concerns about the role your company may play in the process and on the options to help protect your endeavor. 

Topics to consider 

If you start your business prior to marriage and keep finances separate, it might retain its separate identity during your divorce. However, if even a portion of it is marital property, you might have questions about your available options, some of which could include: 

  • Buyout of interests:  It might be possible to buy out your soon-to-be ex spouse’s interests in the company, whether with a lump-sum offer or with payments over time. 
  • Take on a partner:  If a buy-out arrangement isn’t possible, or preferable, you could consider seeking aid by taking on a partner or selling shares with the option to buy them back later. 
  • Negotiations:  You could also consider relinquishing possession of other assets in exchange for sole ownership of your business and knowing the costs of such a decision prior to choosing a path might prove imperative. 
  • Sell the business:  While the idea of selling your business might not seem preferable, sometimes, it could be the best path available, and you may be able to use your portion of the proceeds to start a new company. 

While going through a divorce can be a harrowing experience, the outcome thereof does not have to derail your goals and understanding your options may be essential to protecting your interests. 

Decisions about the future of your business 

This may only be a few examples of topics to address when facing the end of a marriage as a business owner. Taking steps to better understand your options and every vital factor to consider could prove essential to helping you prepare to make decisions that best align with your interests. With so much on the line, seeking advice in evaluating your situation and preparing a strategy that focuses on what is most important to your life may prove integral to safeguarding the future of your business endeavors.