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Many individuals in New Jersey or elsewhere have put years of planning and work into cultivating a successful business. When the owner of a business is facing a divorce, he or she might have concerns about the impact a similar situation might have on the future of the company. There may be several options to consider during this period that might help one keep the longevity of the company intact.

Is a Business Considered Marital Property in Divorce

Even if a person owned the business before marriage, at least a portion of its worth may be considered marital property, especially if it increases in value throughout the relationship.

How Is a Business Divided in a Somerset County Divorce?

Traditionally, there are three methods a couple will pursue when distributing a business interest, which include but are not limited to the following:

Buy out your spouse’s interest in the business

The most common method used is where one spouse buys out the other spouse’s interest in the business. This method will only be successful if the buying spouse can appeal to the selling spouse’s price with liquid assets.

Enter a co-ownership

Another way to distribute a business asset is to enter a co-ownership, where both parties own the business together. Another method would be where one spouse continues to run the business while the other agrees to accept payments from future business proceeds to satisfy his/her share of marital assets. Co-ownership is typically most effective when the couple had an amicable divorce.

Sell the business and divide the proceeds

If neither of the two methods listed above are viable ways to distribute the business interest, the next move may be to sell the business and divide the proceeds.

How Does a Divorce Affect a Business?

If the business is identified as a marital asset, the marital value of the business will need to be determined. The non-business owner has the right to know what the business is worth and what their share should be. Therefore, as the business owner, you will be required to buyout your spouse’s share of the business if you do not wish to share it with him/her. If you co-own the business with your spouse, you will need to determine if you can continue to work together or if one party should buy out the other’s share.

FAQs About Business Ownership and Divorce Proceedings in Somerset County

What Is a Business Valuation?

A business valuation is a process used to estimate the economic value of an owner’s interest in a business. It is determined by a third party, such as an accountant or valuation team who will review your business records to determine the value of your business. Future earnings will be considered as well.

Who Determines the Division of Business Ownership During a Divorce?

A judge will be responsible for determining how the business will be divided in a divorce. Therefore, it is important to provide the judge will as much information as you can about how the business operates. It is possible the business could be granted to one spouse, but it is more likely that it will be divided between both spouses, especially if both parties have been in business for awhile together.

What Happens to an Inherited Business in a Divorce?

If you inherited a family business from your parents or another family member, your spouse is typically not entitled to half of the business assets. If you allowed your spouse to be involved in any business proceedings or included him/her on payroll, he/she may be entitled to some assets. If the business grew as a direct result of your spouse’s involvement, this will be taken into consideration by the court when determining asset division.

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