2 Ways to Establish Paternity in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, a child born to an unmarried mother does not have a legal father. This can be problematic for many men because not having legal paternity established means that the mother has all the decision-making power as to custody and other important issues in the child’s life.  Until the father has paternity legally established, he does not have any of these rights concerning the child. After paternity is established, a father then must petition the court for custody, also called the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. For the mother, the issue of paternity may come about if she seeks child support. Two Methods of Establishing Paternity In Ohio, there are two main ways you can establish the paternity of a child: through voluntary acknowledgment or through genetic testing, which can be done voluntarily or through a court order. Voluntary acknowledgment: This is the easiest way you can establish paternity – by signing an affidavit…

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