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4 Steps to Handling a Business Partnership Break Up

No one enters into a business partnership expecting it to end, but unfortunately, sometimes things just don't work out. If you find yourself in the difficult situation of a business partnership breakup, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

First, it's quite important to remember that you are not alone at all. Many businesses end partnerships every day, and there is no shame in admitting that things just didn't work out. Second, you need to be prepared for the legal and financial implications of a business partnership breakup.

It's key to ensure you have a solid understanding of your rights and obligations under your partnership agreement, as well as any relevant state and federal laws in Australia. Here are some steps on how to handle and break up a business partnership:

1) Check Out the Causes

Before taking any steps to dissolve your partnership, it's important first to identify and assess the causes of the breakup. This can help you determine what, if any, legal recourse you may have.

There are many different reasons why partnerships may end, but some of the most common include one partner breaching the partnership agreement or engaging in misconduct. It can also be a case of the business partnership not being profitable enough.

2) Think Of Your Options

Once you've figured out the main reasons for the partnership dissolution, it's time to think about your options. If you're planning on dissolving the partnership, you'll need to consider how to do so.

One option is to negotiate with your partner to try and come to an agreement. This can be a good option if there are no legal issues involved. Another option is to file for dissolution with the court.

3) Plan Ahead of the Time

It's key to take some time to plan for the dissolution of your partnership. This includes figuring out how to divide up the assets and liabilities, how to end the business, and what to do with any contracts you have.

Planning ahead also involves thinking about things like how to divide up the partnership's assets and liabilities and how to handle ongoing business contracts. There's also how to communicate the dissolution to employees, customers, and vendors.

4) Consult a Professional

If you have a professional accountant, it's a good idea to consult them before you dissolve your partnership. It's also best to have them help you with the tax consequences of dissolving your partnership.

The accountant will help you determine how to file your final tax return and what, if any, tax implications there are for you and your partners. They can also help you plan financially for what comes after the split with your business partner.


In summary, if you find yourself in a similar situation where you must break up with your business partner, there are several steps to take to make the process as smooth as possible. Communicate clearly and calmly with the right people to have the right resolution.

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