In the state of Ohio, when a child is born to an unwed mother, the mother is legally considered the “residential parent and legal custodian.” However, if the father files an action for the allocation of parenting rights and responsibilities, there is no legal preference given to either parent and the Court shall decide the issue basked on its determination of what is in the best interests of the child.
Paternity actions primarily involve custody and child support. They may be brought by a father who wishes to have parental rights, by a mother who wishes to establish paternity for support issues, or by a father who wishes to determine paternity.
Cincinnati paternity lawyer John Heilbrun is prepared to offer supportive guidance and representation to make sure your child’s best interests are served, no matter what the specifics of your paternity case may be.
Paternity to Establish Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Paternity actions for the establishment of parental rights and responsibilities are most often filed by fathers. In these instances, attorney Heilbrun will work to establish that you are the father of the child and seek a parenting plan that guarantees you time with your child and a say in parenting decisions. This action may include your effort to become the child’s custodial parent, to obtain shared parenting or obtain an Order for consistent visitation. When possible, attorney Heilbrun recommends these decisions be made through mutual agreement between the mother and father as opposed to a trial. However, Mr. Heilbrun is prepared to take your paternity case as far as necessary to ensure you are awarded parental rights.
Paternity to Establish Support Obligations
Paternity actions for child support and related needs are most often filed by mothers. For these actions, legal obligations for the support of a child will need to be established. This may require DNA testing, a method that is also used in the disestablishment of paternity. If evidence suggests that a man is the father of your child, he may be ordered to pay retroactive support along with expenses related to the birth of the child. Exceptions to this include filing after a child is three years of age or if the father did not know that he had a child. Attorney Heilbrun can assess your situation and help you determine what you may be entitled to during your initial consultation.
If you are involved in a paternity dispute, please contact the Law Office of John Heilbrun to schedule an appointment. Serving Blue Ash, Hyde Park, Lebanon and surrounding communities in Cincinnati, OH.