Divorces that include one or more New York businesses are often teeming with complications. Even if both parties want the split, dividing the assets equitably often comes down to proper valuations of each company. At the Arnel Law Firm, our experienced team understands the added stress and unique issues that often accompany complex high-asset divorces. 

A business typically represents your most significant asset, and it is frequently integral to your long-term livelihood. Unlike real estate, jewelry or other assets, comparing your company with a similar organization is insufficient for valuation. As a result, they are seldom quick or easy.  According to Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, several factors influence value.


From inventory and equipment to the workforce and intellectual property, each company has its own unique asset mix. Establishing the value of intangible assets such as intellectual property is critical as they may be vital aspects of the business.

Business sector and industry outlook

Key performance indicators are just a small portion of the performance measurements taken into consideration when performing a valuation. The state of the industry, current positioning and future outlook can affect how much the company is worth today.

Business life cycle

In addition to the industry sector, the maturity of the business affects its value. A new business may have potential, whereas an organization has proven its worth. Is your company experiencing new growth? Have you recently down-sized? Each circumstance affects the value of the business differently.

Valuation experts examine finances and other business records during their discovery phase to get an overall view of the company and its financial health. Depending on the circumstances, they can serve as expert witnesses and participate in the legal strategy during litigation. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.