Ohio’s Dower Abolition Bill Facing Heavy Scrutiny

During the end of 2019, the Dower Abolition Bill (HB 209) received its first Hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  One of the criticisms that keeps surfacing concerning the Bill is the risk of abuse of power in certain marriages when one spouse is in title and the other is not, and the spouse in title strips the equity from a marital residence through a sale or refinance.  Senator Matt Huffman stated that there are ways to avoid that abuse, and he called out for a compromise on this issue.  Certain Ohio domestic attorneys continue to assert that dower remain in place.  Mike Sikora has recently been asked to present to leadership of the Ohio State Bar Association on this subject.