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Divorcing couples with agricultural business assets should avoid the courts, says Christine Rawsthorne

2 July 2012

Few people would choose to unnecessarily take a divorce case through the courts, but for disputing couples with assets tied up in a farming business the advice is very clear: avoid the court arena like the plague.

Selling up

Family lawyers are often asked to advise on how best to deal with a family business within the context of divorce proceedings, and one of the options is for that business to be sold. However, where the business concerned is a farming partnership, a sale could be devastating, not only for the two parties involved, but for members of the family who may have a role in the business.

The nature of farming businesses means that they are often built up over many years and several generations of the family will be involved in some way. Elderly parents, brothers and sisters may all be living on the dwelling and naturally they will be concerned to prote...

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