Is There A Conflict Over Who The Real Father Is?
While establishing paternity can be a straightforward and easy process when both parents are interested in being involved in his child’s life, it becomes much harder when interests are not aligned. In some cases, the father denies or attempts to avoid paternity to shirk his responsibilities. In other cases, the mother attempts to keep the father out of the child’s life. No matter what, legally designating a father is a key factor in ensuring the financial stability of the young family and keeping a single mother off welfare in some cases, and protecting the parental rights of the father in others.
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Raising a child can be incredibly stressful even under the best circumstances, and it only becomes more difficult when parents are fighting over who the father is. At Grossman Law Offices, our Columbus family law attorneys have spent decades fighting for the rights of families and individuals to ensure that they receive the support and compensation they need to move on to the next phase of their lives. Contact us today to give us the details of your situation and begin planning your next steps.
According to Ohio Revised Code 3111.03, a man is presumed to be the natural father of a child is:
- He and the mother have ever been, or are currently married, and the child was born while the two were married or if the child was born within 300 days after the termination of the marriage.
- He and the mother attempted to marry each other before the child was born but was declared invalid within 300 days of the child’s birth.
- He signs an Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit.
Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit
If the mother of the child is not married at the time of the birth of their child or are not married within 300 days from the date of conception, both parents need to sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit to establish paternity. If the father is present during the birth, the hospital can provide the family with the necessary paperwork at that time, otherwise they can visit a Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) or local health department. Once both the biological mother and father sign the Affidavit, his name may be added to the child’s birth certificate.
If the father is unwilling to sign the Affidavit or is prevented from doing so by the mother, the mother, child, child’s guardian or father can request a genetic test to produce a final determination of paternity if there are questions about who the natural father is. When the test is requested, all parties involved will need to submit to genetic tests by the CSEA, who will then issue an administrative paternity order based on the results. For paternity to be established, the results need to show a 99 percent probability of parentage.
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Establishing paternity is just the first hurdle to overcome on the road to securing child support and an ongoing relationship with your child, and our Columbus family law lawyers are ready to help you work through any complications to fight for the outcome you need. We have provided passionate legal assistance for thousands of families and individuals since we first opened our doors more than four decades ago. Give us a call at (614) 344-4311 to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys, or send us the information about your case through our online form today.