Ways To Establish Paternity In Ohio

Paternity is essentially the process by which a man is deemed the father of a child in the eyes of the law.

If a mother and father are married, paternity is presumed. When a child is born out of wedlock, however, paternity must be established. A father can establish paternity by signing an affidavit referred to as the "Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit," at the time of the child's birth, recognizing paternity. This is typically done at the hospital.

Other ways include:

  • Voluntary acknowledgement: If the parties are not married and paternity is not established at the time of birth, the father can voluntarily acknowledge paternity at a later date.
  • DNA testing: DNA or genetic testing is another way. If there is uncertainty regarding the presumed father, the mother or child's guardian (such as a grandparent) can make the request via the CSEA.
  • Court order: Depending on the situation, the juvenile court or domestic relations court can also order paternity testing.

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