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Attorney Randall M. Perla featured in Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition

Attorney Randall M. Perla was featured in Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 Edition, a publication which was distributed in the Plain Dealer and the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Perla was noted under the practice areas of Family Law, Trusts and Estates, and Elder Law.

A former Family Law Magistrate with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Mr. Perla has been AV rated by his peers, indicating the highest level of professional excellence, for 16 consecutive years.  Mr. Perla has also been selected for Ohio Super Lawyers and has been listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register forPreeminent… Read the rest

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 can
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