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PaternityWe've represented both mothers and fathers in establishing paternity, parenting arrangements and child support obligations for almost 30 years. We pride ourselves on being able to handle all areas of family law.

When individuals who are not married have a child together, it is necessary to formally establish paternity of the child. An action to determine the parent-child relationship may be brought by the birth mother, prospective father, father's representative, the child's personal representation or child support enforcement agency if the mother is receiving assistance. A paternity action may be brought in the county in which the mother, father or child reside.

The court may order DNA testing to determine the parent-child relationship.

Our skilled, caring Ohio paternity lawyer can counsel you on a number of issues affecting you and your child, such as:

  • Birth expenses
  • Determination of residential parent or legal custodian
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Parenting time
  • Father's petition for parental rights and responsibilities

The establishment of paternity is important in many different types of family law cases. A mother may want to establish a father’s paternity in order to receive child support. Or a father may realize that only by officially establishing paternity can he be guaranteed parenting time with his children and provide all the inheritance and health care benefits that they need and deserve.

Recent changes have occurred in Ohio's paternity laws. Previously, even with DNA results, paternity could not be changed in some cases. A person designated by law as a father can now challenge his paternity obligations, sometimes even after many years. Our law firm's experienced founder can meet with you confidentially to answer your questions and assist you with any paternity concern.

No matter what your paternity issue, our skilled, experienced Ohio family law firm will devote itself to the positive outcome we always seek. We have an intense client focus as well, determined to meet your needs without breaking your budget.

At the Law Office of Dennis P. Levin, we can assist anyone in the Greater Cleveland area with the consideration of a paternity action. Our almost 30 years of experience with a wide range of family law issues can help you work through those issues and achieve peace of mind.

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