Bruce Provan

Family Lawyer for Small Business Owners

I help small business owners navigate a relationship breakdown, and limit the impact it has on their business.

Going through a relationship breakdown can be a stressful time.

This is even more true when you’re a small business owner as your personal life begins to impact on your business.

For the last 10 years, I have been a small business owner just like you.

During this time, I have seen first hand the impact that a divorce can have on a business, not only for the person going through the divorce but also the other business partners, staff and clients.

When it comes to divorce & separation, small business owners have more complexities in their matter than somebody on a salary would encounter. These may include:

  • Having difficult conversations with your business partners about the need for business valuations as part of the separation, made even more complicated when there are multiple entities at play;
  • Financing, Family trusts and tax-related complexities; and
  • Your spouse is working in or being a co-owner of the business with you.

Whatever your challenges are, I will be able to help you navigate the legal process and work with you to help minimise the impact it has on your business.

What are you looking for?

I'm considering a divorce & I want to know how this could affect my business.

The breakdown of a relationship is a stressful time for anyone, especially a business owner. I’ve written a guide for business owners going through a separation that steps out what to expect and to give them a better understanding of how to navigate the process.

I'm in the process of a separation & need a lawyer to represent me.

I am a family law practitioner with over 25 years of experience. All of my engagements start with a Situation Analysis, where I sit down with you (and your business partners, if you like) and discuss your particular situation and map out how the separation process works. Click the link below to learn more about what is involved.

My business partner is going through a separation & we're worried about the business.

Seeing one of your business partners going through a separation can be unsettling, and it can have a significant impact on your business. I’ve created a resource library that provided useful information for business owners and their partners to understand the process and layout strategies for navigating a divorce while running a business.

The Show Must Go On...

A Guide to Help Small Business Owners Better Understand & Navigate The Separation Process.
The guide includes:

  • An overview of the impacts a separation can have on your personal life & business.
  • A summary of the complexities small business owners will face when going through a separation.
  • An explanation of the family law process that small business owners will face.
  • Ways small business owners can limit the stress and impact that their separation has on their business.

Family Law Resources for Small Business Owners

What is spousal maintenance and how does it work?

What is spousal maintenance and how does it work?

Spousal maintenance can be ordered by a court or awarded by arbitrator where one person is in a difficult financial position following a separation and requires funds to be able to support themselves. Section 72 (1) of the Family Law Act provides: “(1)  A party to a...

What happens to a family trust in a divorce?

What happens to a family trust in a divorce?

It is common for families to set up a family trust during the course of their relationship, usually upon the advice of their accountant. It is especially common for people who own their own business and they are often used to legitimately split their income in order...