Unlimited Partnership

Why are more and more couples risking romance to launch a business together? How do the successful ones make it work? Five couples - and one ex-couple - share their stories and strategies.

Yvette Betancourt and Martyn Verster
After the breakup
Yvette Betancourt and Martyn Verster
The Closing Company

When entrepreneurial couples divorce, their company is usually dissolved and the assets divided. But among a few hardy partners, a romantic breakup doesn't end the business connection.

Yvette Betancourt and Martyn Verster married in 1988 and launched a high-end school bus service eight years later. In 2001 they divorced ("not just because of work," says Verster, "there was a lot of other stress") and the business went on the block. But their story has an unusual second act: When Betancourt got the entrepreneurial itch again in 2004 and decided to create a title-and-escrow firm, she asked Verster to be her business partner. He said yes.

"We've been told," says Betancourt, "that if we can manage two companies and an amicable divorce, then tricky real estate issues must be a piece of cake."

Last updated January 10 2008: 10:16 AM ET

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