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(425) 771-3600
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The paternity of a child can be a very sensitive issue, but it is one that needs to be addressed when responsibility for a child is in question.

Do you need to?

  • Prove a man is the father of your child so you can hold him responsible for his obligations?
  • Establish paternity to gain rights?
  • Prove you are no the father of a child in order to avoid being held responsible?

We can help.

How is Paternity Established?

Legally, you establish paternity by bringing a paternity action that will help you prove a biological relationship to a child. Paternity is typically established at the hospital when a baby is born. The father simply signs an Affidavit of Paternity and is legally on the record as the child’s father. However, if the father is not present at the time of birth or refuses to accept responsibility for the child, the situation can be a bit complicated. In these cases, a blood or DNA test is given to both the child and the father to determine a genetic connection.

If the paternity of a child is in question, we will assist you with:

  • Pursuing action to establish or deny paternity, depending on the needs of the client
  • Administering a paternity test or DNA testing by request or court order
  • Establishing paternity via an affidavit from the father, if possible

How Does Establishing Paternity Help a Child?

Legally tying a father to his child accomplishes several things:

  • Ensures the father will receive visitation time with his child
  • Ensures the court can enforce child support obligations
  • Allows both parents to be a part of the child’s life and offer support, both emotionally and financially
  • Makes it easier in the future for the child to gain access to important information, including genetic history

Both mothers and fathers can request tests in an effort to establish paternity.

Paternity actions can affect your rights and responsibilities until the child is an adult. Working with an experienced attorney that understands paternity laws in Washington State ensures you get to play a role in your child’s life or protects you against being held responsible for obligations that are not yours. Whether your goal is to establish paternity or challenge paternity, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights and the potential consequences for filing a paternity action.

Do You Have a Need to Prove Paternity?

Has someone alleged you are the father of a baby, but you believe otherwise? Presumed fathers are liable for child support, so it is imperative you legally establish your obligations with a paternity test. The same is true if your goal is to prove you are the child’s father and that you deserve to play a role in your child’s life.

Feldman and Lee, P.S. has extensive experience protecting fathers' rights in cases involving paternity testing. You can meet with us to learn about your rights pertaining to child custody and child support. For more information, please contact us as soon as possible to speak directly with an attorney.

Contact / Office Location

Lynnwood Office
19303 44th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: (425) 771-3600
Fax: (425) 775-8016

Kent Office
604 West Meeker Street
Suite 206
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (253) 859-2488
Fax: (253) 859-2295

Marysville Office
519 Beach Avenue
Marysville, WA 98270
Phone: (425) 771-3600
Fax: (425) 368-3610