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After divorce, can you just be co-workers?

You and your spouse actually started talking about your business plans before you got married. You launched the company the same year that you tied the knot.

Now you want to get divorced. What does that mean for your business?

It may mean nothing at all. Some couples note that they still appreciate each other in a business sense, knowing that each person brings something valuable to the company. They keep things professional and work together even though they are no longer romantically involved.

Others note that it can be very awkward to have to see each other every single day. You still have to treat each other with respect. You have to get along and even help each other at times. You used to do all of that in your marriage, as well. Some couples struggle to separate the two.

It may also go beyond simply feeling awkward. This is not just a break-up; it's a divorce. You may feel angry, abandoned, devastated or even furious. Depending on why it happened -- perhaps your spouse had an affair with someone else at work -- you may feel that it is impossible to work together in any capacity.

Every situation is different, but it is clear that this can get complicated no matter what. You have invested a lot in this business. It also represents a significant financial investment in the future. Whether you decide to work together or to look for another solution -- such as selling the company to a third party -- you absolutely need to know all of your legal rights.

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