Paul Jacobs FCCA – Finance Manager – Our in house accountant
Other possible complications:
But there are also other possible complications:
if the value business is added to the matrimonial balance sheet and the settlement reflects the value of the business in the capital division – but then periodical payments are then funded by profits from the business – does this mean that the recipient is receiving a double benefit from the same asset to the detriment of the other?
To what extent was the value of the business generated before the marriage and has the growth in its value since the marriage been more passive growth? Should this mean that only some of the value of the business should be treated as a non-matrimonial asset?
Are there other shareholders/partners/investors who have an interest in the negotiation and may wish to intervene? (If the business is a limited company – then it should not be forgotten that the legal company is a legal entity in its own right).
Is there actually a market for shares in a company?
If money is raised from a company either through withdrawing money or the sale of the company or shares in the company – then what are the tax implications?
Ian Walker – Solicitor/ Mediator/ Arbitrator/ Managing Director
Running a business is inherently risky and therefore how should a business be valued and its value be compared to safer assets such as property?
Have the couple can run the business together and do they wish to continue to do so? Or are there ways in which the business can realistically be split?
No two cases are the same and therefore it is recommended that expert advice is sought at an early stage.