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6 things business owners need to know before they get divorced

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | High Asset Divorce

In Georgia, marital property is anything acquired during the marriage. This includes houses, cars, debts and businesses.

In other words, business owners need to know that their business might be marital property. If the owner started or acquired the business during the marriage, it is likely that it will be subject to division. Even if the business started before the marriage, any increase in its value during the marriage may also be marital property.

1. Equitable distribution

Georgia follows the rule of equitable distribution. Property undergoes fair but not necessarily equal division. The court considers several factors, such as the length of the marriage, the financial condition of each spouse and the contributions each spouse made to the business.

The court will also look at the future earning potential of each spouse. Business owners should prepare for the possibility that their spouse may have rights to a portion of the business or its value.

2. Business valuation

About 1.2 million small businesses operate in Georgia, and valuing them can be complicated. Valuation involves looking at the business’s assets, income and potential for future earnings. Business owners should be aware that a professional valuation might be necessary. This could include examining financial records, business plans and market conditions. A thorough and accurate valuation is necessary for ensuring a fair division of assets.

3. Impact on daily operations

Divorce can have a significant impact on the daily operations of a business. Business owners need to consider how the divorce might affect their ability to run the business smoothly. It is important to think about potential changes in management, ownership and employee relationships. Planning ahead can help mitigate these disruptions.

4. Financial documentation

Business owners should ensure that all financial records are up to date and accurate. This includes profit and loss statements, balance sheets, tax returns and any other relevant documents. Proper documentation can help provide a clear picture of the business’s financial health and aid in the valuation process.

5. Future planning

Business owners should consider how they will continue to manage and grow the business after the divorce. This might involve developing new business strategies or restructuring the business.

6. Emotional considerations

Managing a business during a divorce can be stressful. It is important to seek support from friends, family or professional counselors to help cope with the emotional challenges. Taking care of one’s emotional well-being helps with maintaining focus and making sound decisions.

By being proactive, business owners can better manage the nuances of divorce and protect their business interests.