Return Engagement

Not your typical turn of events when Splitsville brings an ex-couple to begin a business
Magazine Contributor
1 min read

This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After Yvette Betancourt and Martyn Verster divorced and sold the transportation business they'd started, the last thing they expected was to grow another startup. But Betancourt, 36, decided to start a real estate title and escrow office. And Verster, 50, an attorney, had experience doing real estate legal work.

"Though the marriage had not worked, the business had always worked," Betancourt says. So in August 2004, three years after ending their 13-year marriage, they opened The Closing Company Title and Escrow Services in Miami. Today, the company employs six and 2005 revenues are projected at $1 million.

Work is peaceful, despite the fact that they share two children and are each involved in new relationships. "The things that we argued about when we were married don't entirely disappear," says Betancourt, the firm's president. "But by facing the reality that the only things that matter are the business and the children, it's made everything easier."

More from Entrepreneur

Get heaping discounts to books you love delivered straight to your inbox. We’ll feature a different book each week and share exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else.
Jumpstart Your Business. Entrepreneur Insider is your all-access pass to the skills, experts, and network you need to get your business off the ground—or take it to the next level.
Are you paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.

Latest on Entrepreneur