Under Ohio law, unmarried mothers are granted sole custody of their children at the time they give birth. Unmarried fathers have the right to seek custody or time with their kids, but it isn't automatically granted as it is with mothers.
Before going forward, we want to clarify that it is not a divorce lawyer's role to hand out parenting tips. However, the things you learn from your partnership with a family law attorney can help you improve your parenting skills. All it takes is your willingness to use what lawyers have learned throughout their careers on behalf of your own children.
DNA testing is used to determine paternity when there is a dispute. This is a scientific process that offers distinct proof, regardless of what either party claims.
You have been informed that you may be the father of a baby who has not been born yet, and you do not think you can wait until birth to find out. You want to know what rights you have and what obligations you may be facing as soon as possible. Can a DNA test be carried out before the child is born?
Ohio holds marriage in high regard. As evidence of this, consider how state law frames questions of paternity. Fatherhood of a child is presumed only in certain circumstances. These include:
We have written before about the broad scope of issues family law can deal with. We offered a rundown of a few of them in one recent post. Since then, a story has made headlines that serves to reinforce the point we sought to make. And so, we are taking this post to dig into that a little.
When a couple marries, they probably don't think about speaking with an attorney first. Yes, every state has laws governing the process, but it's more of an administrative issue than anything else. In Ohio, the rule in most cases is that you must go to the local probate court and apply.
Most readers will be aware that there are laws in every state covering marriage and divorce. What might be somewhat more surprising to some is that states also have provisions in law outside of divorce for nullifying marriages.
The answer to the question posed above is yes. In fact, Ohio law makes provision for the court to order such counseling as part of any effort to dissolve a union, whether it is by way of divorce, annulment or even legal separation.
We have written a number of posts recently on prenuptial agreements and the necessary elements that they need to have to be executed successfully. What this post will aim to provide is some insight into the various issues that can result in a prenuptial agreement being declared invalid later in court.