"The Importance of Establish Paternity"
For unwed parents establishing paternity provides benefits for both parties. More importantly it establishes benefits for your child. Even if two parties are in a relationship it is important that paternity be established for a multitude of reasons. Taking the steps to do so earlier rather than later is smart. In Ohio paternity can be established up until the age of 23.
Benefits for Mother
- Establishes a legal basis for a child support order
Benefits for Father
- Establishes a legal basis for custody
- Creates a legal relationship
Benefits for Child
- Provides inheritance rights
- Social Security benefits
- Provides a medical history
- Provides identification of legal parents
While visitation and custody are separate from paternity matters, it is important to establish paternity if you are seeking visitation/parenting time. In Ohio all issues concerning paternity, custody, parenting time, and child support for unmarried individuals are handled in juvenile court. If you are married these issues are addressed in domestic relations court. The same Ohio laws apply to both unmarried and married couples. It is important to hire an experienced Ohio paternity and child custody attorney who can help navigate the two different court systems.
In Ohio paternity can be established two ways. First, the mother and father can sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit. The second way to establish paternity is through a DNA genetic test. Typically a mouth swab is taken from all parties and sent for testing. If a couple is unmarried establishing paternity is one of the first things you can do for your child. Establishing paternity provides benefits for all parties and gives each person involved protections under Ohio law. Our office can assist in establishing paternity and addressing any other paternity and child custody matters. We know the importance of having both parents participate in a child's life and are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding Ohio paternity and child custody law. Please call 859-982-9557 or email [email protected].