Cleveland, OH asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio

Q: Do my boyfriend and I (not married), who live in Ohio, have joint custody of our son who was born in another state?

I lived in Louisiana when my son was born. I was not married. My boyfriend and I filled out paternity paperwork and he is on the birth certificate. We now live in Ohio. Do we have joint custody or do I have sole custody?

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: While a lawyer would have to look at the laws of the various jurisdictions involved, it is very likely you have joint custody at this point. The whole point of filing out paperwork acknowledging paternity and getting yourself named the father on the birth certificate is to establish that relationship legally, which means you have rights as a parent and your child has a right to support from you.

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