Many men in Ohio find themselves in a position where they think they may be the father of a child, but they are not married to the child's mother and they have not legally established paternity. Despite all of this, these men still have fathers' rights. In Ohio, men who believe they are the father of a child can apply to be placed on the Putative Father Registry. This registry is maintained by the state and allows a man who believes he is the father of a child to be contacted in the event that the child is placed for adoption.
By being on the Putative Father Registry and being notified of the move for adoption, the father can then take legal action if he wants to. This means establishing paternity and seeking legal guidance. Though this is a great way for a father to remain tuned into his child's life, there are some limitations.
For example, a potential father must apply to be placed on the registry no later than 15 days after the child's birth. Failing to do so could disallow a father from receiving notification before adoption. Therefore, it is critical that Ohioans who believe they have fathered a child consider applying for placement on the registry.
Fathers' rights make up a significant portion of family law. However, these matters are rarely cut-and-dry, and disputes often arise that are difficult to settle emotionally and legally. It might, therefore, be in a father's best interests to seek counsel from an attorney who is adept at handling family law issues. By receive information and advice, these fathers can then take the legal steps they believe represent their best interests as well as those of their child or children.
Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, "The Putative Father Registry," accessed on May 8, 2015