What standard should be used for divorce valuations? Fair market value vs. fair value
Abstract: Courts have typically applied the fair market value (FMV) standard to estimate the value of businesses in divorce proceedings. Recently, however, attorneys for nonowner spouses have been increasingly requesting the use of the fair value (FV) standard. This article looks at a variety of cases over the last couple of decades. The arguments are worth noting, as the monetary difference between FMV and FV — for both owner and nonowner spouses — can prove substantial.