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Cleveland Attorney Randall M. Perla Recognized in Cleveland Magazine

Cleveland Magazine’s January 2012 issue recognized Cleveland Attorney Randall M. Perla as one of Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Ohio.  Mr. Perla, a former Magistrate with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and AV-rated for 16 straight years, Randall M. Perla, joined by his associated Elizabeth L. Perla in 2007 has been providing clients with the highest quality representation for over 35 years. … Read the rest

4 Things You Should Know Before You Attend Custody or Visitation Mediation

1.  You May Not Need To Go.

Local Rules in Cuyahoga County state that all new Applications to Determine the Custody of a Child or Motions for Parenting Time or Motions to Modify the Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities must be referred to mediation.  However, a party can request to be exempted from mediation in any of the following situations:

  • Cases where one party has been convicted or pled guilty to domestic violence within the past two years or when a civil protection order is in effect;
  • Cases in which the physical distance between the parties is so great that it isn’t practical
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What Unmarried Parents Should Know About Child Custody

Who has custody of a child born to unmarried parents?

Under Ohio law, when an unmarried woman gives birth to a child, she is the sole residential parent and legal custodian of the child unless and until a Court issues an order designated another person as the residential parent and legal custodian. 

How can a father become the legal custodian of a child or obtain visitation rights?

First, the father must establish paternity.  Paternity can be established in a number of ways.

  1. Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit- Typically this is signed at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth, but
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