3115.27 Special rules of evidence and procedure.

Except as provided in sections 3115.04 and 3115.50 of the Revised Code, in a proceeding under sections 3115.01 to 3115.59 of the Revised Code all the following apply:

(A) The physical presence of the plaintiff in a responding tribunal of this state is not required for the issuance, enforcement, or modification of a support order or the determination of the existence or nonexistence of a parent and child relationship.

(B) A verified complaint, affidavit, document substantially complying with federally mandated forms, and a document incorporated by reference in any of them, not excluded under the hearsay rule if given in person, is admissible in evidence if given under oath by a party or witness residing in another state.

(C) A copy of the record of child support payments certified as a true copy of the original by the custodian of the record may be forwarded to a responding tribunal. The copy is evidence of facts asserted in it, and is admissible to show whether payments were made.

(D) Copies of bills for testing for parentage, and for prenatal and postnatal health care of the mother and child, furnished to the adverse party at least ten days before trial, are admissible in evidence to prove the amount of the charges billed and that the charges were reasonable, necessary, and customary.

(E) Documentary evidence transmitted from another state to a tribunal of this state by telephone, telecopier, or other means that do not provide an original writing may not be excluded from evidence on an objection based on the means of transmission.

(F) A tribunal of this state may permit a party or witness residing in another state to be deposed or to testify by telephone, audiovisual means, or other electronic means at a designated tribunal or other location in that state. A tribunal of this state shall cooperate with tribunals of other states in designating an appropriate location for the deposition or testimony.

(G) If a party called to testify at a civil hearing refuses to answer a question, the trier of fact may draw an adverse inference from the person's silence.

(H) A privilege against disclosure of communications between spouses does not apply.

(I) The defense of immunity based on the relationship of husband and wife or parent and child does not apply.

Effective Date: 01-01-1998