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Ohio Paternity Parentage Cases

Ohio child custody rights of unmarried parents are decided in Ohio paternity parentage cases, which includes requests for legal custody, parenting time and/or shared parenting. In Ohio, an unmarried mother has sole legal custody of a child born outside of marriage.  The father has no legal rights to the child until he requests the court to issue orders establishing a father-child relationship and an order for parenting time.

Ohio Paternity Parentage Cases


Ohio parentage and Ohio paternity cases must be filed in the county in which the child lives. In cases involving unmarried parents, this usually means the child is a resident of the county in which his or her mother resides.  However, there are exceptions, such as when the child is residing with someone else for an extended period of time.  Until the filing of these parentage and paternity cases, the father is considered a putative father.  A putative father is a man who may be a child’s biological father, but is not married to the child’s mother at the time the child is born and who has not established paternity of the child in a court or administrative proceeding.  Once the man is determined to be the father, his rights are equal to the mother’s rights.  This means he can be granted shared parenting, legal custody and parenting time with the child.  This also means the father can be awarded child support.

Articles Related To Ohio Paternity and Ohio Parentage Cases


Click on any of the following links to read more about unmarried parents in Ohio: Custody rights of an unmarried mother; Property division for unmarried couples; Parental rights; What is a legal custodian in Ohio; How does private health insurance affect child support; Minimum amount of child support.

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