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Will child custody affect who keeps the family business?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | Family Law |

When parents decide to part ways, the custody battle is not just about children. It can significantly impact the family business and the financial support available for the child.

One central aspect in these proceedings is determining which parent will retain ownership of the family business. The implications of this decision go beyond business operations.

Priority on custodial parent’s ownership

In many cases, the family business is a joint venture between parents. When considering child custody, courts often give careful thought to the ownership stake. This becomes particularly significant as it directly ties into the custodial parent’s ability to provide financial support for the child. The parent granted custody may be more likely to retain ownership of the family business. This ensures that they can maintain stability and adequately support their children.

Balancing parenting and business responsibilities

Beyond ownership, the practical aspects of operational control and day-to-day management of the family business come into play. The custodial parent, responsible for the child’s well-being, may find themselves balancing parenting duties with the demands of running the business. The ability to seamlessly manage both aspects is essential. There is a direct relation between this and the financial support available for the child.

Statistics show that roughly half of all children will see their parents divorce. For these divorcing parents, especially those who own a business, providing financial stability for the child is top priority. The custodial parent’s likelihood of retaining ownership ensures a more stable future, allowing them to fulfill their parental and financial responsibilities.