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Biological fatherhood and DNA paternity testing

In Ohio and across the United States, some men are surprised upon learning that their former domestic partners or spouses are pregnant. A DNA paternity test is often used by the court to find out whether the man must pay child support. In cases where the parents of a child are unmarried, the supposed father is not necessarily the child's legal father. Instead, the law refers to him as the child's "alleged father" unless a DNA paternity test proves otherwise.

Child visitation rights and abusive parents

In Ohio and across the United States, divorced parents need to have concerns about what constitutes the best interests of their child. Courts have legal obligations to make sure children are safe. Any divorced parent who thinks their ex-spouse is a threat to their child should petition the court. A judge will typically conduct a thorough investigation when a parent states that the ex-spouse is abusing or threatening the child. If appropriate, the court may decide to remove a parent's visitation rights.

Easing the divorce process for children

Many Ohio parents may be concerned about how to best help their children get through their divorce feeling loved and supported. Parental divorce can be challenging for kids, and they may feel uncertain about the future. Even the practical elements, like moving back and forth between their parents' houses, can be demanding for kids. However, by keeping some key guidelines in mind, parents can help to protect their relationship with their children and help them to feel safe and secure despite the difficult times.

Unwed fathers have rights too

Roughly 40% of children in the United States are born out of wedlock. This means that many fathers in Ohio and throughout the country are not married to their son or daughter's mother. However, unwed fathers generally do have rights to their children as long as they are deemed to be fit to have them. To obtain those rights, a man first needs to establish paternity. This can be done by adding his name to the baby's birth certificate with the mother's permission.

Non-custodial parents provide care of different kinds

When parents in Ohio decide to divorce, they may face difficult decisions about child custody and visitation. Most parents want as much time with their children as possible, but that does not mean that joint physical custody is always the best option. There are a number of reasons why one parent may be the best choice to have primary custody even when both parents enjoy loving, supportive relationships with their children. For example, many people have employment responsibilities, including lengthy shifts, deployments or frequent travel, that prevent them from providing the best physical home for their children.

Special challenges for divorced parents of teens

When Ohio parents divorce, there will be many changes to come as they sort out their co-parenting responsibilities and joint plans for the future. Many divorcing spouses want to make the transition for their children as easy as possible, minimizing emotional damage. They may work to develop a child custody or visitation plan that honors the role of both parents in the child's life. However, there are some unique factors that come along with co-parenting teens. While teens are far more independent than younger children, they can be significantly affected by different issues after a parental divorce.

Child custody when there's no father's name on birth certificate

At one time, it was rare in Ohio and other states for a child to be born to an unwed mother. Today, however, this is an increasingly common situation. In fact, about 40 percent of children in the United States are born to parents who are not married, a jump of nearly 20 percent since 2007. With instances where a father isn't listed on the birth certificate, further legal questions arise.

Legal and physical custody more likely to be shared

When Ohio parents of young children get divorced, they may share both legal and physical custody. A parent with legal custody has the right to make decisions about such issues as the child's religion and medical care. The child lives with the parent who has physical custody. Increasingly, family law courts are starting from a presumption of joint legal custody and are much more open to shared physical custody.

Preparing to co-parent after the divorce

A challenge that divorcing parents may face in Ohio is how to retool their relationship for co-parenting. Even though the romantic relationship is over and there is sometimes a great deal of tension between the former spouses, they need to communicate and work together for the good of their children. At the same time, issues related to child custody and visitation can be some of the most emotionally challenging parts of the divorce process. By keeping some key tips in mind and focusing on the best interests of the children, parents can help to develop a new co-parenting relationship for the benefit of the kids.

Avoiding co-parenting arguments

Ohio residents who have to co-parent should expect to disagree with their children's other parent at least occasionally. However, they should understand that their focus should be on what is in the best interests of their children. If certain issues arise in their co-parenting relationship, there are some steps that parents can take to overcome the conflicts.

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