I want to open a small competing clinic with another doctor. My spouse has no problem with it feeling there is business for all.
The answer to your question lies in the written words on the non-compete agreement, subject to interpretation under the law.
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Although there may be some overriding public policy issues, the starting place of the analysis is with the contract your spouse signed. You should consult an experienced small business attorney to determine what your rights and limitations are. It is far better to find out before you invest in the new business venture. This is one of many many good reasons to refuse to sign a non-compete agreement in order to obtain a job. Good luck.
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