I Want To Get Out Of My Business Partnership – What Do I Do?

Breaking up is hard to do. Here is how to navigate the legal maze of business partnership termination

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Considering an exit from a business partnership? Discover the steps and considerations below on navigating this pivotal decision.


1 – Assessing the Grounds for Termination: Before initiating the process, it’s crucial to identify the reasons for terminating the partnership. Whether it’s the expiration of the partnership term, a partner’s written notice, legal restrictions on ownership, a court order, the death of a partner, or the business facing insolvency, understanding the grounds will guide your actions.

2 – Reviewing the Partnership Agreement: If you have a formal partnership agreement in place, it serves as a key document outlining the terms and conditions for dissolution. The agreement typically covers how the business is run, allocation of responsibilities, dispute resolution, and the process for partnership termination. Pay close attention to the specified steps and follow them diligently.

3 – Legal Framework: In the absence of a partnership agreement, the dissolution process is governed by state or territory legislation. Depending on your location, refer to the relevant Partnership Act (e.g., Partnership Act 1963 in ACT, Partnership Act 1892 in NSW) to understand the legal requirements and obligations for dissolving a partnership.

4 – Termination with an Agreement: Consult your partnership agreement for a comprehensive understanding of the steps required for termination. The agreement should outline the process, protecting partners from personal claims arising from disputes. It may also detail the distribution of business assets upon termination.

5 – Notification and Compliance: Upon deciding to terminate the partnership, notify all relevant parties, including customers, suppliers, local governments, the Australian Taxation Office, and your bank. Fulfilling these notifications is crucial to ensuring a smooth transition and complying with legal obligations.

6 – State and Territory Business Authorities: Be aware of state or territory-specific requirements. Contact your local government business authority, such as Fair Trading (NSW), Innovate Canberra (ACT), or Business Victoria (VIC), for additional guidance and compliance with regional regulations.


In conclusion, dissolving a business partnership requires a strategic and legally compliant approach. Whether guided by a formal agreement or state legislation, understanding the legal framework and fulfilling notification requirements is vital for a seamless exit. Always seek professional legal advice to navigate the complexities of partnership termination and protect your interests.


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