Columbus Never Married Parent Lawyers
Trust Our Experienced Legal Team to Help Resolve Your Issue
The idea of the "Nuclear Family" has become so ingrained in American ideology it is easy to forget that, in reality, families in Ohio are composed of all different sizes and shapes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43.2% of all babies born in 2018 were born to mothers who were unmarried at the time. If you are a parent who has never been married in the state of Ohio, you need to know that you have rights concerning custody.
Here at the offices of Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A., we have a dedicated team of never married parent attorneys in Columbus who are dedicated to this very goal of supporting unmarried mothers and fathers. Do not let stereotypes of what makes a “family” hurt your ability to gain the best interests for your child and you.
Call us today at (614) 412-3943 so that our determined family law attorneys can aid you in answering any questions about unmarried parents’ rights.
Differences between Unmarried & Married Parental Custody
For any married parents in the state of Ohio, proving child custody is extremely easy. When a couple is married, the wife and the husband are each automatically given complete parental rights to their child. This is particularly distinctive in terms of contrast between married husbands and unmarried husbands. When a married husband desires to gain legal status as the father of his wife's child, he does not need to do a single thing. The moment that their child is born, he receives complete parental responsibilities and rights.
However, this is entirely different for an unmarried father. In Ohio, the Ohio Revised Statute 3109.042 declares that an unmarried mother immediately gets complete rights and responsibilities to care for her child the moment the child is born. However, an unmarried father has to go through the in-depth process of proving his paternity to the child, or else he will not be able to claim that he is the child's legal father, or hold any duties and rights towards caring for the child.
Proving Paternity as an Unmarried Father
There are two primary methods of gaining the legal rights of your child as an unmarried father living in the state of Ohio.
If a man who has never been married desires these same parental rights, the options for obtaining these include:
- Voluntary affidavit of paternity – When both the unmarried parents agree that the man is truly the child’s father, all the man needs to do is sign a form called the “affidavit of paternity.” He should do so immediately, to avoid any future complications. The mother also gives her consent voluntarily, and the father assumes all the legal responsibilities.
- File a lawsuit to prove paternity – In the case that a dispute occurs about the father’s actual paternity, it will most likely require a lawsuit within a courtroom. Men and women both have equal rights to file for paternity in Ohio. Most likely, genetic tests will be required to check whether the child’s DNA proves the father’s paternity.
Do Not Delay in Defending Your Rights
As an unmarried parent, you have just as much right and responsibility to care for your child. It is especially crucial to prove your paternity if you are an unmarried father in Ohio, in order that you can gain access to visitation and custody. Our never married parent lawyers in Columbus are ready to fight for your rights.
Experienced Trial Lawyers
Decades of Experience