Akron Paternity and Parenting Rights Attorney
Summit County Paternity Lawyer
The legal process of establishing a parent-child relationship in Ohio is a paternity action governed by Ohio Revised Code §3111. Once paternity is established the law imposes certain rights, privileges, duties and obligations upon the biological parents of a minor child. The paternity attorneys at the law firm of Skidmore & Associates in Akron, Ohio represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions.
Representation of Mothers in Paternity Actions
In most cases, a paternity action is commenced by an unmarried mother of a minor child in order to establish the parental relationship of a specific male. This is done in tandem with seeking a child support award from the biological father to financially assist in the rearing of the minor child.
Representation of Fathers in Paternity Actions
In other cases, a paternity action is initiated by a father of a minor child against the unmarried mother in order to establish paternity to obtain rights of custody or visitation.
Who Can File a Paternity Action?
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §3111.04, the following individuals or entities can file an action of paternity:
What the Ways of Establishing Paternity in Ohio?
What are the Presumptions of Paternity?
There are certain presumptions in Ohio in which paternity is presumed. There are certain facts and circumstances that can exist, where fatherhood is presumed without proof the male is the father. There are three primary presumptions:
What Happens as a Result of a Paternity Determination?
When there is a paternity determination or acknowledgement, certain documents are provided to a health department and a new birth certificate is prepared and issued. The original birth certificate is destroyed.
What Happens when Minor Children Become Parents of Minor Children?
Beginning in 1995, the parents of the minor parents have a statutory duty to support the baby (Ohio Revised Code §3109.19). Simply, the grandparents become responsible to support their grandchild.
If you are a father desiring to establish paternity to invoke child custody or visitation rights or refute an allegation of paternity, our paternity attorneys can assist you. If you are a mother intending to establish and enforce rights of child support against the biological father of your child, our paternity lawyers can help.
Please contact an experienced and reputable Akron paternity attorney via email today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-253-1550. Our paternity lawyers will guide you through the paternity administrative or judicial process.