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Paternity In Washington State

Common Situations Giving Rising To Paternity

You may be looking for a family law attorney to advise you on a paternity matter if you are:

  • A mother or mother-to-be seeking child support
  • Named as a father by a woman seeking child support and you question whether you are the father
  • A father or father-to-be seeking parental rights
  • Prospective adoptive parents (and/or a birth mother or mother-to-be) preparing for an anticipated adoption

Whatever your role in the life of a child or unborn child, you are doing a wise and right thing by seeking legal advice from an experienced family law attorney. A paternity action is a serious matter with lifelong consequences. Depending on your circumstances, you could be held responsible for child support for 18 years, allowed or denied access to your child, or allowed or denied the opportunity to complete an adoption on the basis of the outcome of a paternity test and legal procedures.

Do I Need To Take A DNA Test?

You may not need to undergo DNA testing if you are the alleged father and both you and the mother agree you are the father. Acknowledging your paternity will preserve your parental rights as well as the child's rights, including rights of inheritance — and an open door to half of a family tree.

How CNRWA Can Help You

An experienced attorney at Cogdill Nichols Rein Wartelle Andrews (CNRWA) can advise you on how to complete the necessary processes economically and with confidence. From offices in Snohomish County, our lawyers provide sophisticated family law services to individuals, couples and families throughout the Everett and Seattle areas. Our years of experience in family law and our strong reputation are reasons to contact us and let us explain how we can help.