Under Ohio law there is a legal presumption that a child born during a marriage is the product of the marriage. This presumption can be rebutted, however, and the husband proven to not be the father, usually through DNA testing.
Acknowledgement of Paternity
If a child is born and the mother is not married, there is no marital presumption. No one is presumed to be the father. In this context, the “Acknowledgment of Paternity” was created. The “Acknowledgment of Paternity” is a written, sworn legal document, signed under oath by both the unmarried mother and the alleged father.
Under certain circumstances this admission of parentage by the alleged father cannot be rebutted and cannot be reversed, even if DNA tests later show that the alleged father is not the actual biological father.
The law requires fathers to support their children and encourages them to stay involved.
Why Is Paternity an Issue?
Time is a crucial element in every Parentage case. Failure to promptly assert parental rights can result in your child being removed from the State or even adopted without your consent. Not until Parentage has been established do the usual parenting issues of custody, visitation and support apply.
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