The Court of Common Pleas may grant divorces for the following statutory reasons:

  • Either party had a husband or wife living at the time of the marriage from which the divorce is sought;
  • Willful absence of the adverse party for one year;
  • Adultery;
  • Extreme cruelty;
  • Fraudulent contract;
  • Any gross neglect of duty;
  • Habitual drunkenness;
  • Imprisonment of the adverse party in a state or federal correctional institution at the time of filing the complaint;
  • Procurement of a divorce outside this state, by a husband or wife, by virtue of which the party who procured it is released from the obligations of the marriage, while those obligations remain binding upon the other party;
  • On the application of either party, when husband and wife have, without interruption for one year, lived separate and apart without cohabitation;
  • Incompatibility, unless denied by either party.

If you’re going through or considering a divorce, it’s best to work with an experienced attorney to address your individual situation.

By taking the time understand the nature of your situation, Robert M. Dumes will work with you to provide the best possible outcome for you and your family.

In addition to having served as a Butler County Domestic Relations Magistrate, and having practiced family law since 1979,  Robert M. Dumes is trained in the collaborative law process, which provides resolution of disputes without judicial intervention. He works tirelessly to ensure that all financial, emotional and legal concerns are addressed.

Contact Robert M. Dumes today for your consultation.


Dissolution is a process wherein a marriage is terminated, but all terms regarding the division of assets and debts and all issues regarding parental rights and responsibilities are agreed upon between the parties. This process is much less time consuming and less costly. Most importantly, you are not having an independent entity making some of the most important decisions of your life. YOU make those decisions. The Court only approves the agreement after asking you the basic questions of:

  • did you fully disclose all of your assets and debts prior to entering into the agreement;
  • are you satisfied with the agreement;
  • do you feel it is fair and equitable;
  • do you feel all issues regarding your children are in your children’s best interest; and
  • do you wish to have your marriage dissolved.

Contact Robert M. Dumes today for your consultation.