Legal-Ease: Change in dower law would change Ohio life

Ohio is on the brink of joining 33 other states that have abolished the doctrine of dower. Traditionally, married women were not allowed to own property separately from their husbands. So all real estate owned by the family was controlled by and titled in the name of the husband. 

The need for dower in today’s society has passed, and abolishing it will simplify the law and save Ohioans significant time and money.