There are several issues when one or both of the spouses have an ownership interest in a corporation, family business, or professional practice. The first and most complex issue is to identify the true community property value of that interest. In many cases, such as sole proprietors or professionals, there is a value the individual brings to the business itself that must be weighed and valued. Once a community property value for the business ownership is established, one must provide the appropriate distribution in community assets to offset the other spouse's interest in that portion of the community property, without affecting the business or its ongoing operations. This is often complex and requires skilled strategy from an experienced family law attorney who understands the nuances of business ownership in a divorce situation.