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How will a divorce affect your Texas business?

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2023 | High Asset Divorce |

The Lone Star state’s vibrant economy has birthed countless business ventures, with many Texans taking the entrepreneurial leap. But as business ownership dreams flourish, personal lives evolve, sometimes leading individuals to divorce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a 1.4 per 1000 divorce rate in Texas. As an entrepreneur facing a marital split, you might ask, “How will a Texas divorce affect my business?”

This intricate dance between personal and professional lives demands careful navigation and a solid understanding of the potential impacts on your business.

Implications in a community property state

Texas stands as a community property state. This means that both spouses equally own any assets, including businesses, acquired during the marriage. So, if your marriage spanned the start or growth of your business, the court might consider it joint property. This classification does not mean the court will split your business in half, but the court may share the value between you and your spouse.

The significance of business valuation

For the court to divide assets, including businesses, it must first determine an accurate valuation and choose an appraisal methodology. Financial experts will assess your company’s worth by examining its assets, debts, income and future projections. This valuation plays an important role in determining the division of assets or any compensation necessary to balance the distribution.

Protection with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

One direct way to shield your business from potential divorce implications involves having an agreement in place. If you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that clearly designates your business as separate property, it can influence how the divorce proceedings treat the business.

Several outcomes can arise concerning a business during a divorce in a community property state. One spouse might buy out the other’s interest, ensuring one owner retains full control of the business. Alternatively, both parties might decide to co-run the business, especially if they can maintain a professional relationship. In some situations, the decision might be to sell the business and divide the proceeds. Understanding your options can help you get through the process more easily.