Couples in Ohio that are preparing to divorce must educate themselves on the manner in which their marital wealth will be divided. This practice is guided by the concept of "equitable distribution," in which a court decides upon a fair distribution of all assets amassed within and prior to the marriage. This is not always a 50/50 split, and it is important to understand how "equitable" will be determined during a divorce.
In order to decide how much of a particular asset should be granted to each spouse, the court considers the active and passive appreciation of property. For example, if a couple owns a business but only one spouse contributes to the growth, development and profitability of that business, he or she would be due a greater share of the asset's wealth. That is because one spouse is primarily responsible for the active appreciation of the business.