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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Was the father supporting the child during the separation?
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It would start on the date of the filing divorce, not separation, in Ohio. See the case of Trump v. Trump (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/oh-court-of-appeals/1164987.html). It only relates back to date of separation if paternity is an actual issue there.
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