Spouse Owned Business

The business is a marital asset because it was incorporated during the marriage and because your efforts during the marriage grew the business. In order to have it valued you can hire a professional who is skilled in performing business valuations and they can give you an opinion as to the value.

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I have been separated from my spouse now for a few months and in the negotiations he is claiming that he is owed half of the value of my business.

I had a different career before we were married, but knew that where we would move to I would not be able to continue that career. I decided to start a home-based business. I opened the bank account and was paid for my first job before we were married.

We moved and I quit my first career, started a family, and continued growing the home-based business. A few years ago I converted it to an LLC with me as the sole member/owner. I pay myself a salary from the business. For a few years it was the main source of income for the family.

He has not materially contributed to or participated in the business, I have never paid him, and only occasionally ran an errand or two when I was swamped.

Does he really get half? How do I put a value on it?