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Addressing the options when facing divorce as a business owner

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2023 | Divorce

Owning and operating a business can be an exciting and rewarding experience, and you may consider your role in everyday operations to be an integral aspect of your life. After putting significant effort and time into cultivating growth in your endeavors, the desire to shield it from harm may only be natural. 

If you and your spouse choose to take separate paths in life, you might wonder how an ensuing divorce may impact the longevity of your enterprise. While steps such as implementing a prenuptial agreement or keeping business assets separate may help safeguard business interests during divorce, what happens if you do not take such measures? 

What are the options? 

There may be a variety of scenarios in which at least a portion of your business may be subject to the process of property division. Part of preparing to make informed choices about your situation may involve carefully evaluating your options, some of which might include: 

  • Seeking sole ownership:  If you wish to retain ownership of your business, you might have the option to relinquish ownership of other marital assets in exchange for sole possession. 
  • A buy-out agreement:  It may also be helpful to consider whether buying out your soon-to-be ex-spouse’s interests in the company. However, this might not always be preferable, or even possible. 
  • Business stocks:  You may also have the option to sell business stocks or add a business partner. The funds you obtain in the process may aid in preserving the longevity of your business during a divorce. 
  • Selling the business:  Sometimes, selling the business and splitting the process might prove the most viable path. While this may seem intimidating, you might be able to use these proceeds to fund new business endeavors. 

With so much on the line, it may come as no surprise that determining the best path to take can be a daunting concept, but you do not necessarily have to approach this decision alone. 

Seeking guidance in evaluating your options 

Going through the end of a marriage can be stressful enough as is, and it might not always be easy to know how to prepare for this process. With various topics to address and options to consider regarding the future of your business, you might find it helpful to seek insight in thoroughly evaluating your situation. Such a decision might help you better prepare to make informed choices about your future and create a strategy for legal proceedings that focuses on what is most important to your life in Colorado.