If you are interested in continuing to own a jointly held family business after your Texas divorce you may be able to "buy your spouse out" in an agreement. But there are several factors to consider.
Community Property State
Firstly, it’s essential to note that Texas is a community property state. This means that any assets—including businesses—acquired during the marriage are usually considered community property and are subject to division. Therefore, your spouse may have a legitimate claim to a portion of the business.
Before you can think about buying out your spouse's share, you'll need to have the business accurately valued. This often involves hiring a forensic accountant or business valuation expert. They will assess various factors like assets, debts, cash flow, and future earning potential to establish a fair market value for the business.
The Buyout Process
Once the value is determined, you can proceed with the buyout. This can be done in several ways:
If both parties are amicable and agreeable, you may be able to negotiate the terms of the buyout directly. If not, court intervention might be necessary. It’s always advisable to get any agreement in writing, typically as part of your final divorce decree.
Don’t forget the financial aspects such as tax implications of a buyout. Discuss this with your financial advisor and attorney to understand the most tax-efficient way to structure the buyout.
Seek Professional Help
Considering the complexities involved, it's imperative to consult with legal professionals who have experience in divorces involving closely held business interests. They can guide you through the legal maze and help protect your business interests while ensuring you comply with Texas law.
So yes, buying out your spouse’s share in the family business is generally possible in a Texas divorce, but it’s crucial to approach it carefully and consult with professionals to navigate the complexities involved.
If you have more questions about your specific situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation.
Attorney Sean Y. Palmer has over 20 years of legal experience as a Texas Attorney and over 25 years as a Qualified Mediator in civil, family and CPS cases. Palmer practices exclusively in the area Family Law and handles Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Adoptions, and other Family Law Litigation cases. He represents clients throughout the greater Houston Galveston area, including: Clear Lake, NASA, Webster, Friendswood, Seabrook, League City, Galveston, Texas City, Dickinson, La Porte, La Marque, Clear Lake Shores, Bacliff, Kemah, Pasadena, Baytown, Deer Park, Harris County, and Galveston County, Texas.
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