Employers that rely on non-compete agreements are very attuned to what their previous employees do. While you make think that you are successfully hiding your new company by putting it in your spouse’s name or locating it at your grandmother’s farm, sooner or later the former employer will find out. Your suppliers and the customers of your former employer will report you.
Your former employer will enforce the non-compete agreement by getting a temporary restraining order against you and suing you for violation of the agreement. Depending on the efficiency of the employer’s attorneys, you may be facing months of delays while your new company is not allowed to do business.
All your former employer needs to prove is that the non-compete agreement is reasonable and necessary to protect a legitimate business interest. Depending on the court’s decision, you could end up not only losing your business, but you may also be required to pay your former employer’s legal fees.