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How can divorce affect your business?

Divorce may affect more than the family structure. If you and your former spouse jointly operated a business, going separate ways is likely to disrupt operations in several ways.

You might have to rearrange things you had not planned for, such as ownership of the business and division of profits or losses. Therefore, it is important to understand the impact a divorce could have on your business and anticipate any challenges that may arise. Below are some ways a divorce could impact your business.

The structure of the business may have to change

With your spouse in the picture, you may have operated as joint owners. However, a divorce may force you to change the fundamental structure of the business. Daily operations might be disrupted by some of these changes.

Your employees are likely to be affected

Everyone values their job security. However, if your divorce affects the business significantly,  employees are likely to be unsettled by the uncertainty of what the future holds. This may translate to lower productivity levels or even a complete turnaround in employees.

Your business may have to close

Divorce could bring the curtains down on your business. For example, if your spouse owns a majority stake in the company and you cannot buy them out, it could lead to dissolution if you both can’t agree on the way forward.

What can you do to protect your business?

It is necessary to plan for any eventuality, even if you are running a business with your spouse. A lot can change along the way, and if you are ill-prepared, your business could suffer. Divorce does not have to be the end of a company you hold dear. However, it all depends on the actions you take surrounding your business before and after the divorce.