The Law Library Staff prepares "Frequently Asked Questions" for the convenience of our users to provide access to a variety of sources addressing particular points of law. These are general legal information sources, and are not to be construed as a substitute for personal legal advice from an attorney. Please seek legal counsel to help you determine the applicability of any of the information in these resources to your specific situation. The Law Library makes no recommendation as to whether you should purchase any services offered by the websites contained in this FAQ.
Common law marriages are only recognized in Ohio if they occurred before October 10, 1991. For the requirements of common law marriage, see Ohio Revised Code 3105.12
Partners Task Force for Gay and Lesbian Couples: Explains significance of a domestic partnership registry. Provides a list of cities with domestic partner registries.
Human Rights Campaign: Domestic Partners
Cincinnati Enquirer: Wording of Ohio's gay-marriage ban called sweeping, by Jim Siegel, Saturday, October 9, 2004
Domestic partners may want to create a durable power of attorney for health care. The power of attorney grants one partner the right to make medical decisions for the other if the other becomes incapacitated or comatose. See Ohio Revised Code 1337.12-1337.17. R.C. 1337.17 contains a form for a durable power of attorney for health care.
Domestic Violence laws apply to a couple who is cohabitating. See Ohio Revised Code 2919.25
If the partners own property together as co-tenants, and can not agree how to divide the property, a partition action may be filed. See Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5307
Juvenile Court: Contact Information for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
Establishment of Parent and Child Relationships/Paternity Actions: See Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3111.
See Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2151, especially Section 2151.231 Child Support Order Without Regard to Marital Status of Parents; Section 2151.232 Action for Child Support where Acknowledgment is Not Yet Final; Section 2151.36 Support of Child.
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