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