Divorce and the Impact of Business Valuations on Support and Equitable Distribution

Navigating Application and Defense of Valuation Discounts and Complexities of Personal Goodwill

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Course Materials

This CLE course will prepare family law counsel for the complexities of business valuations during a divorce, including how to apply and defend against valuation discounts and ways to approach the analysis of personal goodwill.


Marital assets often include a business that must be valued during a divorce. Complex valuation issues confront divorce attorneys including the methodologies used and the effect on determining support and equitable division of the marital estate. 

The application of personal goodwill valuation can significantly impact adjustments in the computation of equitable division of the marital estate and support, as well as raise issues of double dipping.

Listen as our panel of family law practitioners and a business valuation expert discusses the common issues that arise in business valuations during divorce, ways to attack and defend against valuation discounts, and the impact the valuation can have on the determination of support, offering best practices for handling these issues.



  1. Valuation discounts
  2. Personal goodwill
  3. Issue of double dipping
  4. Impact on support and equitable division


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How does the application of a valuation discount impact income determination of the parties, support and equitable division?
  • When are valuation discounts appropriate and how can they be attacked?
  • How does the allocation of personal goodwill in a business valuation impact the calculation of support?


Gitlin, Gunnar
Gunnar J. Gitlin

The Gitlin Law Firm

Mr. Gitlin exclusively practices divorce and family law. He is a published author and frequent lecturer to...  |  Read More

Anne Marie Jackson
Anne Marie Jackson

Ain & Bank

Ms. Jackson's practice focuses exclusively on family law, including litigation, negotiation, appellate work,...  |  Read More

Sarah McCormack
Sarah McCormack

Hoelting & McCormack

Ms. McCormack focuses exclusively on family law. She has been named a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for...  |  Read More

Martin S. Varon
Martin S. Varon

Investigative Accounting Group

Mr. Varon has over 36 years of professional accounting and consulting experience. He specializes in tax and valuation...  |  Read More

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