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How can you protect your business assets in divorce?

As you face the divorce process, you'll have many questions and concerns related to your personal and professional life. Along with this, you may worry about how your finances will be impacted. This is particularly true if you are a business owner.

The last thing you want is for your small business to be impacted by your divorce. Unfortunately, this is a situation that many people have had to deal with in the past.

If you have concerns about this, here are some of the best ways to protect your business assets in divorce:

-- Use a postnuptial or prenuptial agreement. With this in place, you know you can protect your business assets if you happen to divorce in the future.

-- Learn more about the type of business structure that provides the most protection. For example, you can form an LLC, as this will ensure that you create a legal entity that is separate from your personal finances.

-- Keep things civil. Even when you take the right steps upfront, there may be no way to completely remove your ex-spouse from your business. For this reason, you need to keep things civil to ensure the long-term well-being of your company.

There is a lot to think about as a divorce unfolds, and this is especially true if you are a business owner. By following a few basic tips at the beginning of your marriage and by knowing what to do if you're faced with divorce, you can avoid a situation in which your business takes a big hit.

Source: FindLaw, "3 Ways to Protect Business Assets in Divorce," accessed Jan. 26, 2017

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