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Columbus Divorce Solutions

Our team formed from lengthy discussions on personal divorce experiences and how to best serve our clients going through similar situations. We felt there was a lack of resources available to cohesively navigate the emotionally taxing process of divorce and separation.

Your attorney will serve as your primary counsel as you go through the legal aspects of this process. However, there are secondary implications of divorce that also require industry knowledge and expertise. Whether it is buying and/or selling a home, refinancing a mortgage, reallocating investment assets, pursuing new avenues of life, health and auto insurance or tax ramifications…we have you covered.

Housing

Financial Matters

Mortgages & Refinancing

Coaching & Counseling

There’s a better tomorrow. We can help you get there.

Excellence in Various Services

Housing

We are more than just your average realtor. Need temporary housing? Looking to maximize your home value? Our full service realtors from NextHome Experience will help with home valuations and evaluating short & long term needs. Whether it be a short/long term rental, downsizing or purchasing a new home. Further, our realtors can assist in getting your existing home ready to list by organizing staging, professional photography/videography and online marketing/advertising.

Mortgages & Refinancing

You and your partner have probably built up quite a bit of equity in your home. Figuring out how to handle your house and its equity can be more complicated than you think. Let our trusted experts explain all the options available and help you choose what best fits your needs. Conversely maybe your credit needs some assistance and repair, they can help build you back up and give you direction.
Columbus Divorce Solutions

Financial Matters

Whether you’ve been running your household for years or don’t have a clue where to start, our expert financial advisors, insurance agents and tax advisors can help you make dollars and cents of things. Our partners can show you what is possible while planning for what’s next. This can include establishing a realistic budget, cash flow analysis, retirement planning or investment management. Taxes and insurance also change after divorce, make sure you are adequately covered and prepared for your new journey. Call us today to see which partner is right for you.

Coaching & Counseling

The path of least resistance, although heavily travelled, often leads to no where. Everyone could use the help of a tour guide to assist in getting us to our destination. The destination can be a new frame of mind, a new career or a new challenge. Finding the right guide is key for the journey you are taking. Coaches, therapists and counselors can tune up your engine and help you overcome the fear and negativity that has been impeding the journey. Contact us today to find out which of our experts will be the best guide for you.

Housing

We are more than just your average realtor. Need temporary housing? Looking to maximize your home value? Our full service realtors from NextHome Experience will help with home valuations and evaluating short & long term needs. Whether it be a short/long term rental, downsizing or purchasing a new home. Further, our realtors can assist in getting your existing home ready to list by organizing staging, professional photography/videography and online marketing/advertising.

Mortgages & Refinancing

You and your partner have probably built up quite a bit of equity in your home. Figuring out how to handle your house and its equity can be more complicated than you think. Let our trusted experts explain all the options available and help you choose what best fits your needs. Conversely maybe your credit needs some assistance and repair, they can help build you back up and give you direction.

Columbus Divorce Solutions

Financial Matters

Whether you’ve been running your household for years or don’t have a clue where to start, our expert financial advisors, insurance agents and tax advisors can help you make dollars and cents of things. Our partners can show you what is possible while planning for what’s next. This can include establishing a realistic budget, cash flow analysis, retirement planning or investment management. Taxes and insurance also change after divorce, make sure you are adequately covered and prepared for your new journey. Call us today to see which partner is right for you.

Coaching & Counseling

The path of least resistance, although heavily travelled, often leads to no where. Everyone could use the help of a tour guide to assist in getting us to our destination. The destination can be a new frame of mind, a new career or a new challenge. Finding the right guide is key for the journey you are taking. Coaches, therapists and counselors can tune up your engine and help you overcome the fear and negativity that has been impeding the journey. Contact us today to find out which of our experts will be the best guide for you.

There’s a better tomorrow. We can help you get there.

Home Value in Prepping for a Divorce

Divorce settlements in Ohio often include the division of real estate and other property, especially if children are involved. Property can be divided in one of four ways:

  • Equally between both spouses — this is the most common outcome.
  • The house is sold and the profits are split, or
  • One spouse receives all property rights, or
  • Both parties receive some rights to a portion or portions of the property.

A home appraisal will help both parties involved determine the current market value of the home, which helps to calculate the percent that each spouse has earned based on their time spent in the relationship.

It is not uncommon that a divorce settlement requires a home to be sold, so that the proceeds of the sale may be split between both parties. If this is the case for you and your spouse, then having your home appraised can be helpful in determining its current market value.

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We are here to help put the pieces together so you can start your new journey with confidence and financial stability.

MEET THE TEAM

Our Team

Scott Dahs - Columbus Divorce Solutions

Scott Dahs

Scott Dahs has been in the finance industry for over 20 years. Following his active-duty service in the US Air Force where he traveled all over the world honorably serving the country, Scott entered the world of finance as a Personal Financial Advisor in 1998 and went on to have roles in corporate banking at Chase as a relationship manager and business analysist. Scott received his M.B.A. from Franklin University in 2007.

Scott always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and run his own business so following his time at Chase, he became a N2 Publishing franchise owner. After nearly five years of success with N2, Scott transitioned back to finance in the world of mortgage lending. Scott finds great joy in building relationships with his clients, this is evident by his Social Survey score of 4.97 from his clients.

On a personal note, Scott is passionate about helping those who are going through a divorce, having lived through a divorce himself. Scott prides himself on being an utmost professional, and focuses on serving and helping others as they go through the divorce process.

Scott and his wife Mary have lived in Worthington, Ohio since 2007, and he has two adult children, Kyle and Katherine. When he is not working, Scott enjoys traveling, fishing and golf.

Carrie Swart - Columbus Divorce Solutions

Carrie Swart

I have been a Realtor for 15 plus years, diligently serving Columbus and it’s surrounding suburbs. I pride myself on providing a high level of dedication to each and every one of my buyers and sellers so that all clients remain educated during the entire home buying/selling process.

During my tenure as a Realtor, I personally went through a divorce and truly understand the need for additional resources as it pertains to real estate. To this end, I created Columbus Divorce Solutions. (CDS). I want to complement the work of divorce and family law attorneys so that clients are fully-educated when it comes to the housing and financial issues surrounding separation and divorce. Whether its buying or selling a home, refinancing a residential property, determining a valuation of a property or needing resources on how to invest in the future, we are here for you every step of the way. We want to be your “one stop shop” for all things housing, mortgage and investment/finance-related. We truly care and understand what divorce entails, and will give you the necessary education and support so that one can make informed decisions.

I am also blessed to have two children, ages 18 and 21. They are both attending college in Alabama and I miss them dearly. I am proud to be their mom and cherish time spent with family. I also enjoy socializing with friends and family and love to play golf and vacation when time permits.

I look forward to communicating with you and am here to help. It is my goal to positively move you into the next chapter of your life.

Scott Dahs - Columbus Divorce Solutions

Scott Dahs

Scott Dahs has been in the finance industry for over 20 years. Following his active-duty service in the US Air Force where he traveled all over the world honorably serving the country, Scott entered the world of finance as a Personal Financial Advisor in 1998 and went on to have roles in corporate banking at Chase as a relationship manager and business analysist. Scott received his M.B.A. from Franklin University in 2007.

Scott always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and run his own business so following his time at Chase, he became a N2 Publishing franchise owner. After nearly five years of success with N2, Scott transitioned back to finance in the world of mortgage lending. Scott finds great joy in building relationships with his clients, this is evident by his Social Survey score of 4.97 from his clients.

On a personal note, Scott is passionate about helping those who are going through a divorce, having lived through a divorce himself. Scott prides himself on being an utmost professional, and focuses on serving and helping others as they go through the divorce process.

Scott and his wife Mary have lived in Worthington, Ohio since 2007, and he has two adult children, Kyle and Katherine. When he is not working, Scott enjoys traveling, fishing and golf.

Carrie Swart - Columbus Divorce Solutions

Carrie Swart

I have been a Realtor for 15 plus years, diligently serving Columbus and it’s surrounding suburbs. I pride myself on providing a high level of dedication to each and every one of my buyers and sellers so that all clients remain educated during the entire home buying/selling process.

During my tenure as a Realtor, I personally went through a divorce and truly understand the need for additional resources as it pertains to real estate. To this end, I created Columbus Divorce Solutions. (CDS). I want to complement the work of divorce and family law attorneys so that clients are fully-educated when it comes to the housing and financial issues surrounding separation and divorce. Whether its buying or selling a home, refinancing a residential property, determining a valuation of a property or needing resources on how to invest in the future, we are here for you every step of the way. We want to be your “one stop shop” for all things housing, mortgage and investment/finance-related. We truly care and understand what divorce entails, and will give you the necessary education and support so that one can make informed decisions.

I am also blessed to have two children, ages 18 and 21. They are both attending college in Alabama and I miss them dearly. I am proud to be their mom and cherish time spent with family. I also enjoy socializing with friends and family and love to play golf and vacation when time permits.

I look forward to communicating with you and am here to help. It is my goal to positively move you into the next chapter of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Divorce Settlement Agreement?

A divorce settlement agreement, in its most basic form, is a written contract between you and your spouse that specifies how you’ve decided to handle disputes in your divorce. Common concerns include:

  • How marital assets and debts will be distributed;
  • Children’s decision-making, residential responsibility, and parental time;
  • Child support, as well as
  • Support for the spouse (alimony).

Depending on your circumstances, the agreement may also include other details such as how the children will be schooled, who will pay for extracurricular activities, and what religion the children will be raised in. It may also handle issues such as whether one spouse will continue to be covered by the other’s health insurance. Divorce settlement agreements should be explicit enough to provide significant guidance while remaining flexible enough to accommodate actual circumstances

How is property distributed after a divorce?

Some couples may already have a prenuptial agreement that specifies how their property will be shared in the event of a divorce. If not, they will have to come up with a fair solution that is agreeable to all parties.

A reasonable settlement should first distinguish between marital and separate property and then address exclusively how marital property is distributed.

You should also look into your state’s property division laws. States typically divide property in one of two ways: 50/50 (community property states) or through equitable distribution.

Should I keep or sell the house?

Ideally, you and your spouse can decide together. If emotions are high and it’s difficult to communicate or agree, several states have laws that force a particular decision.

Keep the house if:

  • You don’t want to move your kids.
  • The residents have strong emotional attachments and memories.

You should sell your home if:

  • You can’t afford rent or mortgage.
  • Living there after the divorce is too difficult.

The decision to keep or sell a home is both emotional and financial. Sometimes our desires aren’t financially possible, especially when it comes to the house, therefore cooperation is key.

Is it a good idea to buy out your spouse's equity in the house?

It makes sense to buy out your spouse’s portion of the house in order to become the sole owner, for a variety of reasons:

  • Maintaining the stability of your family home is important to you.
  • The residence is close to everything you need, including your job, friends, and family.
  • It’s not a good time to put your home on the market.
  • You just bought the house, so you don’t have much equity.

In most divorce cases, one or both spouses desire to maintain the house, but the question is whether either one of them can afford to do so on their own.

Typically, only one or the other of the couple’s spouses can qualify to take up the mortgage on their own. In this circumstance, the individual who has the money to buy out the other person gets to keep their home.

Divorce involves the division of all of your assets, including your money, which can make this a difficult task to accomplish.

After a divorce, what happens to the house's mortgage?

You can either sell the house to pay off the mortgage and each spouse receives a portion of the net proceeds, or one spouse can refinance the mortgage under their name to assume full ownership of the house.

To be eligible for a new loan, the spouse who is taking over ownership of the business must have a sufficient income and a good credit rating.

For divorcing couples who are underwater on their home, which means they owe more on the property than it is worth, or who are in financial distress, the divorce process becomes more difficult.

What if your spouse is adamant about not selling?

When divorcing, it’s possible that you’ll need to sell the house, but your spouse won’t help you.

Divorce attorneys can help you submit a motion with a family court judge in order to force the sale if your spouse can’t afford to buy you out.

When you and your spouse can’t agree on how to proceed with the sale of your house, you need an experienced real estate agent to help you navigate the process.

When going through a divorce, how do you protect the sale of your home?

Couples going through a divorce might make a significant mistake by getting entangled in their conflicts and preventing a mutually beneficial property sale from taking place.

You need to treat selling your home like a business transaction and follow your real estate agent’s instructions when it comes to cleaning, decluttering, and staging your property, even if your emotions are at a fever pitch. Accepting a lower-than-market offer is an alternative.

What is Divorce Counselling for?

While still battling, couples often seek marriage counseling with a particular marriage counselor. But occasionally a marriage is irreparable and a divorce is inevitable. Creating a support system can help ease the emotional and logistical pain of divorce. But issues regarding divorce, especially formal separation and divorce mediation, creating a parenting plan for divorced parents, and mental health is overwhelming.

An important component of divorce counseling is helping a couple understand whether or not they want a divorce and how to go forward after the divorce is finalized. It’s a sort of conversion therapy that allows partners to safely express their feelings regarding their relationship and each other. Talking about issues with a qualified counselor might help us better understand ourselves. Divorce counseling helps couples make conscious decisions about their partnership that considerably improve their daily lives.

Get in Touch

If you’ve got questions or ideas you would like to share, send a message. For anything more specific, please use one of the addresses listed below.

6797 N. High Street, #131
Worthington, OH 43085

Inquiries
614-212-4806

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