Q: I had a question about visitation without a court order
My daughter's dad didn't want anything to do with her and didn't want anyone to know he had a child with me until there was a court order to prove that she was his now he wants to see her by himself without anyone there for more than a couple of hrs, he has seen her only a total of like 10 to 15 times, I want to give him a couple hrs a day visitation with her until she is use to him, mind you right now there is no court order in place
A: In Ohio, when parents are unmarried, the mother is the residential parent and legal custodian of the minor child until there a court order stating otherwise. The mother has the say if she wishes to grant the Father parenting time. The Father will need to file papers in court to allocate parental rights and responsibilities and to request shared parenting. The mother will also have an opportunity to explain her requests to the court during a court case.
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