Establishing Paternity is important to ensure a child’s well being and to fully protect his or her rights.
If a child is born to a woman who is married, the husband is presumed to be the father. This presumption may be overcome, however, in an administrative proceeding and/or a lawsuit to determine the father-child relationship, either as part of a divorce action or by a separate action in juvenile court. When there are conflicting presumptions, the court must determine paternity.
A father has rights to parenting time, and he is entitled to equal access to his child’s school, medical and day care records and activities. Also, once paternity is legally established, the biological father can prevent the child from being adopted by another person without his consent or from being moved away from the jurisdiction without a hearing. “Putative” (presumed) fathers who want to be involved with their children should seek legal advice as soon as possible.
We can help with this process.
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The Law Office of Jeffery S. Brown provides legal representation in DUI, OVI, traffic violations, criminal defense, felonies, misdemeanors, divorce, dissolution, child custody, visitation, parental rights, paternity, adoption, child support and probate to clients throughout the state of Ohio, including the cities of Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Medina, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Lakewood, Vermillion, Westlake, and the surrounding communities. Counties include: Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Summit County, and Medina County.