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Valuing business during divorce is critical to asset division

Figuring out how much a business is worth can be an especially stressful process for a complex venture. Adding divorce to the mix only complicates the valuation process. However, for those going through divorce in Texas, reaching out to a Certified Public Accountant with valuation experience may be helpful.

Some accountants hold accreditation in the area of business valuation from recognized organizations that offer certifications. However, just one percent of accountants fall into this category. To acquire such a designation, an account must go through specialized training and complete the relevant continuing education.

The accountant can provide a detailed business valuation document that also discusses the economic environment of the business. The document may also include financial statement projections or past financial statements. Through this process, the perks and compensation that the business owner receives may be analyzed.

The business that one or both spouses own is usually the couple's most highly valued marital asset during divorce. Thus, it may come as no surprise that it is often a major cause of animosity during a marital split-up. If possible, two divorcing spouses may benefit from dividing their business assets at the negotiation table or during mediation rather than going through more stressful divorce litigation. After all, with litigation, a judge will end up having to decide how their assets will be split, and the outcome may not be what one or both spouses would have preferred. In any of these scenarios, an attorney can help to ensure that one's rights are protected and that one gets a fair share of the business assets during a divorce proceeding in Texas.

Source: sbnonline.com, "Accountants can help family business owners protect assets after a divorce", Jan. 2, 2018

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