Late last month, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory made headlines with the sad news that she was separating from her husband-who was also injured in the blast-less than one year after their dream wedding. Without knowing the couple, it's impossible to say what contributed to the dissolution of their marriage, but it's probably safe to say that the stresses of the last few years (surgeries, rehabilitation, major physical changes) may have played a role.
Before you formed your business partnership, did you vet your partners' marriages along with their bank statements? You may not consider it until divorce proceedings are underway, but your partners' spouses likely own a part of your company, whether you want them to or not.
A dear friend of mine recently made the heartbreaking decision to put her dog down. He was nearly 14 and had terminal cancer. It was awful for their family. She said, "It was so hard because he would still go for a run with my husband every day. He still loved his treats. But he was in so much pain."