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Tag Archives: paternity establishment

Consequences of Signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity at the Hospital

Under Ohio law, if a married couple has a baby, the husband is automatically referred to as the legal father of the child. However, if the couple is unmarried, the law does not presume the father’s identity. Instead, for a man to be acknowledged as the baby’s biological father, he must establish paternity. A failure […]

As an Unmarried Father, Can I Get Shared Custody in Ohio?

In March of this year, it was reported that almost half of first babies born in the US were born to unmarried mothers. In Ohio, when a child is born to an unmarried woman, state law grants her sole custody of the child at birth. This remains the case until the father proves paternity and […]

I May Be A Father – Can I Contest the Baby’s Adoption?

In recent months, legal and adoption experts have continued to lobby for a national registry protecting the rights of unmarried fathers in interstate adoption cases. In Ohio, prospective adopters take a baby home once the biological mother has signed surrender forms, as early as 72-hours after the birth. Theoretically, each parent has 30 days after […]

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