My name is on the child's birth certificate. How can I get a paternity test to see if I am really the father?
If your name is on the birth certificate because:

. . . someone told the hospital that you were married to the mother, but you were not married to the mother. Call the Division of Child Support (DCS) at 1-800-442-KIDS (1-800-442-5437) and tell them you want to do a "paternity establishment action".

. . . you were married to the mother. Your remedy is a "disestablishment action". Our office does not handle disestablishment actions. If the child is more than 2 years old, a disestablishment action may not be allowed under current Washington state law.

. . . you signed a paternity affidavit which was filed before July 01, 1997. Call the Division of Child Support (DCS) at 1-800-442-KIDS (1-800-442-5437) and tell them you want to do a "paternity establishment action". If the affidavit was filed after that date, you probably want a "rescission action" or a "challenge to the affidavit". A rescission action is easier, but must be done within 60 days of filing the affidavit. Our office cannot do rescission actions or challenges.

. . . a Court has found you to be the father of a child. You have to "vacate" the court order before testing can be done. If the State was a party to the action in which the order was entered, sometimes (but rarely) our office will cooperate in vacating the orders. Call our Seattle office at (206) 296-9020, tell them you want to vacate a paternity order, and ask for a Request for Case Review. When you return the completed form, it will be reviewed to determine if your orders should be vacated.

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1. I want to know if he is (or if I am) the father. Can the Prosecuting Attorney's Office help me answer that question?
2. The father of my child is deceased. Can I still get paternity established?
3. I know who the father of my child is. How do I get him to pay support?
4. What is, or why am I a "presumed" father?
5. What is a Paternity Affidavit?
6. My name is on the child's birth certificate. How can I get a paternity test to see if I am really the father?
7. Will the Prosecuting Attorney's Office do a paternity test for me?
8. How long does it take to get test results?