Understanding Business Divorce

February 3, 2021

Learn more about Business Divorce and how Dunham Legal can help you.

Everyone dreams of owning their own thriving business. Whether it be a small record store on the corner of 1st and 3rd or an international shipping container agency, everyone has had the aspiration of owning their own business from time to time. Usually, these dreams end up having happy endings, but as we all know, life isn’t always happily ever after. Sometimes, the beginning is happier than the end. This can be especially when it comes to the world of business and how it is conducted. 

It’s important to know the ins and outs of the corporate world before diving headfirst into your own business. One of these crucial lessons you should know about is the process of a business divorce. Now, this may sound a bit premature when it comes to setting up the foundation of your business, but you’d be surprised with how many businesses end up going down this route just within a few years of their creation. The process of a business divorce can be a complex and tricky one. Luckily for you, this is where we come in. 

Understanding A Business Divorce 

As its name would suggest, a business divorce is essentially a legal proceeding in which two or more partners of business decide to sever their business relationship. While there is a variety of differences between business divorce and actual divorce, the emotions and conflict can run high in both kinds of cases, sometimes resulting in a brutal fight between two figures who once shared a close relationship. A business divorce can occur in an assortment of ways. A business divorce usually involves all major parties of any company or corporation, from one partner shutting the other completely out to a disagreement among the board of investors.

Before conducting a business divorce, it’s important to put into broad terms what each party wants from the legal proceeding and if a compromise can be reached between the two parties. Usually, a business divorce results in a court-ordered hearing that ensures the dissolution of the catalyst that the two parties do business through. This can vary from case to case, but more times than not, this is the outcome of any business divorce. 

Business Divorce Checklist 

Every lawyer will tell you that it is always advisable to come up with a plan before moving forward with any legal hearing. This is a universal principle when it comes to determining what your next move is. This is why it is so crucial that you make sure you have everything you need before you proceed forward with a business divorce. 

One of the first things you should set in order is to figure out what exactly it is you want to come out of the business divorce. Believe it or not, there is always a handful of parties that rush into a legal proceeding just for the sake of saving face. It is absolutely crucial that you have an exact plan and expectation for your business divorce. Secondly, it’s important to understand your exact budget for the hearing. Most cases fizzle out midway due to a lack of budget. This is why you must be honest with yourself about what you can afford and what you can’t.