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What Are My Rights To Custody?

A father's rights are typically the same as the mother... at some point. However: Father's rights vary state to state. In Ohio, an unwed father has no rights and the mother is considered the custodial parent until a court orders otherwise. In general, Ohio mothers have superior rights to the fathers. In Kentucky, father's have limited rights until paternity is established. Once paternity is established, father's rights are the same as the mother's rights. In Kentucky if the child is born during marriage, the parents have equal rights.. Father's rights vary whether you were married at the time the child was born or if the parents were unmarried. If the parties were unmarried, the father's rights are often limited. Once paternity is established, father can be granted certain rights by law and others by a court. If the case is in Ohio, parental rights of unwed parents are established by the Juvenile Court. Married parties have their rights established by the Common Pleas Court in domestic relations division. Kentucky uses "Family Courts" for all cases, however unwed parents typically start and may remain in juvenile court while married parties have their case heard in Circuit Court. Father's rights often vary if you were named on the birth certificate or not. If you were on the birth certificate, you may have rights prior to a court order of paternity. Signing the birth certificate establishes some rights and acknowledges paternity. If the parties live in separate states, rights may vary. Many parents are concerned about moving across state lines. If an action is brought in one state, the other may If you have questions about custody rights, you need to speak to an attorney who regularly practices in the area of family law. Most often you will have to file for custody, but may also have to file even for visitation and/or paternity. For a consultation in Kentucky or Ohio, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email [email protected]

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