The family business you and your spouse started in the early years of your marriage has expanded and become more profitable over time.
Now that you are facing divorce, your company will be the focal point of the property division process. Here are three options for determining what will happen to your family business.
1. Buy out your spouse
If your spouse is agreeable, you can perform a buyout. You will first have to engage the services of an appraiser to establish a value for the business so you can arrive at an appropriate selling price. This option is typically conducted by transferring a lump sum for the buyout. If funds are not readily available, you can consider offering like assets in exchange for your spouse’s interest in the business.
2. Sell your business
The option that may be the easiest is to sell the business outright. Once again, you will need a valuation so as to establish a selling price. Once sold, the two of you can split the proceeds and move on.
3. Continue as co-owners
If you expect an amicable divorce, you and your soon-to-be-ex might consider continuing as co-owners. No expensive valuation is necessary with this option. Even if the divorce is less than friendly, one of you could become an absentee owner and you would both keep your respective interest in the business.
There are drawbacks to each option, so careful consideration is in order. For example, the economic climate may contribute to your thinking or your spouse may have a surprisingly strong opinion regarding ownership. Whatever path you take will likely be a bit bumpy, but you can rely on professional guidance as you work toward deciding the fate of the family landscaping business.