Complex Business Evaluation

Valuing and Dividing Business Assets in Divorce

It’s not an unusual story: A husband and wife live lavishly off the profits of a business until their relationship ends in divorce. Then the husband (or wife) turns to the couple’s tax returns and says the business is losing money.

You may not have been the person who started a business. However, unless there is a prenuptial agreementto the contrary, half of your spouse’s business (or half of its appreciation if the business was started before marriage) is yours.

Personal Assets & Business Assets

Depending on the form of the business, whether it is incorporated, a partnership, a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company, business assets can be treated as personal assets and vice versa, especially when the business is closely held. Creative accounting can make profitable businesses look unprofitable. In cash-based businesses, cash can be skimmed and never reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

Creative accounting can also create a financial hardship not only for the soon-to-be ex of the business owner, but also for the children. Child support payments are based on the earnings of both parents.

Put Our Expertise to Work for You

At Corriveau Family Law in Northville, Michigan, our lawyers will turn to experts such as forensic accountants and specialists in business valuation to ensure that you receive your fair share of a business’s true value.

For a free initial consultation about valuing and dividing business assets with an attorney at our Northville firm, call 248-380-6801 or fill out our contact us form.