Rights And Responsibility Of The Father

Washington State courts do not discriminate against parents who were unwed at the time of the child’s birth. However, when seeking to establish your rights as a father, being unwed can be a disadvantage because you cannot fall back on the assumption of paternity through marriage. As someone once said, “When it comes to proving parentage, maternity is a matter of fact; paternity is a matter of science.” Proving fatherhood without a marriage license can be an uphill battle.

I am Washington State paternity lawyer Robert N. Getz. I can help you establish paternity and claim your rights as a father.

My services include:

  • Genetic testing to help you establish or disestablish paternity
  • Establish a parenting plan
  • Establish the appropriate amount of child support obligation
  • Fight for custody, if desired
  • Defend against termination of parental rights
  • Fight against relocation of your child

Child Support Collections Actions For Unmarried Custodial Parents

Under Washington law, custodial parents may seek child support arrears going back five full years for money owed. If you are a custodial parent owed child support, I can help you move your petition through the legal process efficiently and effectively.

Don’t need a full range of legal services? Visit my Unbundled Services/Flat Fees page.

Call An Experienced Everett Paternity Attorney

I provide family law services for clients in Snohomish County and Skagit County, Washington. Call toll free 425-405-6278 for a free initial 10-minute phone discussion. I cannot give legal advice over the telephone. You may also contact my office by email to describe your situation and arrange an initial consultation at my office in Everett.

My office hours in Everett are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays with a one-hour lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Evening and weekend consultations may be available by special arrangement. Validated free off-street parking is available.

I practice with integrity, including transparent and clear billing policies. For your convenience, I accept Visa and MasterCard.

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