Skip to Content
Seattle Business Attorney
Schedule a Consultation 206-565-0090

What Should You Do When Your Business Partner Wants to Split Up?

handshake split in half

No business owner goes into a partnership expecting it to fail—but the sad fact is many partnerships do break down. While there are many reasons why this can happen, there are some common themes. Our Seattle business litigation attorneys break down some of the most common reasons for partnership dissolution and offer advice on what you can do to protect yourself.

Reasons Why Partnerships Fail

There are many reasons why business partnerships can break down. Some of the most common include:

  • One partner repeatedly fails to uphold their end of the bargain. This could be anything from failing to contribute their fair share of capital to not pulling their weight in day-to-day work.
  • Dissatisfaction with the decision-making process. Perhaps one partner feels like they're not given enough input or that major decisions are being made without their knowledge.
  • One partner begins to act aggressively or inappropriately toward the other. This can be anything from verbal abuse to harassment.
  • One partner becomes increasingly challenging to work with. This could be due to substance abuse, mental health problems, or personality clashes.

Warning Signs That Your Partnership Is Headed for a Breakup

Of course, it's not always possible to prevent a partnership from breaking down—but there are some warning signs you can look out for that may indicate that your partnership is in trouble. These include:

  • Your communication has become more negative than positive. If you constantly argue with your partner or nitpick their every move.
  • You're no longer on the same page as your partner regarding business decisions. If you can't seem to agree on anything, it may be time to call it quits.
  • You're no longer sharing the same vision for the business. Perhaps your partner has started putting pressure on you to change the company's direction in a way you're uncomfortable with.
  • You no longer trust your partner. Whether they've been acting secretive or unreliable, a lack of trust is a recipe for disaster in any relationship—business or otherwise.

What You Can Do To Prepare for a Business Partnership Breakup

If you're worried that your business partnership may be heading for a breakup, there are some things you can do to protect yourself. These include:

Get Everything in Writing

If you don't have a partnership agreement, now is the time to get one. This document should spell out each partner's roles and responsibilities and what will happen if the partnership dissolves.

Keep Good Records

Make sure to keep meticulous records of everything—from expenses and revenue to communication between you and your partner. This will be invaluable if you ever need to go to court.

Be Honest with Yourself

If you're honest with yourself, you'll be able to see the warning signs before it's too late. If things are really bad, it may be best to call it quits before the partnership does irreparable damage to your business—and your mental health.

Consult with an attorney

If you're facing a business partnership breakup, it's crucial to have an experienced business litigation lawyer on your side. At Northwest Business Law LLC, our Seattle business lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of business disputes—including those involving partnerships. We can help you protect your interests and work toward a resolution that is in your best

Contact our Seattle business litigation attorneys today at (206) 565-0090 to schedule a consultation!


Let Us Be Your Guide Contact Northwest Business Law LLC Today!

A member of our team will be in touch shortly to confirm your contact details or address questions you may have.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
  • Won Millions for Clients
  • Customized, Strategically Intelligent Approach
  • 15+ Years of Legal Experience
  • Tailored Solutions for Each Client