Paternity

Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit: Ohio law prohibits a married woman from listing a man who is not her husband, to be the father of a child. However, if a woman was not married at conception or any time prior to the birth of the baby, State law allows for completion of a Paternity Affidavit by both parties (mother and father) to establish legal paternity.

The Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit can be completed at these locations:

Trained staff and notaries are available to assist you with the document.

Administrative Order of Paternity: For parents who have not established paternity through another method and wish to get genetic testing, the Child Support Enforcement Agency can conduct the testing and issue an order of paternity if the man is indeed the biological father of the child. If the mother lives in Ohio, please contact the in the mother's county of residence. If the mother lives outside of Ohio, you may contact the CSEA in the father's county of residence.