Paternity

Sensitive, Tactful, and Effective Representation in Washington Paternity Disputes

When it comes to determining things like child support, residential schedules, among many other things, the courts often require that the paternity of the father be determined. When the couple is married at the time of the child or children’s birth, the husband is automatically considered the father (though they can petition to have that changed if they can prove that they are not the biological father). In many cases, the paternity of children born outside of marriage can be agreed upon by both the mother and the father. This makes establishing paternity a simple matter of signing some documents. However, just as in a divorce, or in a case where paternity is already established and the parties are establishing a residential schedule, a parenting plan and child support order still need to be determined.

In situations where the paternity of a child is questioned by either the mother or the alleged or presumed father, it is important to have this issue settled in order to move forward with a divorce or other legal proceedings, such as establishing paternity. If necessary, the courts may order a DNA test be performed to evaluate whether or not the man in question is the legal father.

Establishing the parentage of the children will directly impact most other steps in a divorce, separation, or other family law proceeding, so it is important to get this step completed as quickly as possible. Contact us to discuss your options and begin the process of establishing paternity in the state of Washington.