Paternity (Non-Married Parents)

If you want to request custody, visitation or child support and you were never married to the other parent you may be able to file a Petition in Superior Court. The filing fee is $260. You may purchase a “Parentage Book” in Room 323 of the Courthouse for $40. This book contains all the forms, samples, and instructions necessary to start and finalize your parentage case. You should speak with the court facilitator before purchasing this book.

Affidavit of Paternity
This book is intended to assist you with completing the paperwork necessary to start and finalize a parentage case in which the father has signed an Affidavit of Paternity and it has been filed with the State of Washington.

You will be required to order a certified copy of the Acknowledgment of Paternity from Olympia. There is a fee. An order form is included in this book. You must wait at least 60 days after an Acknowledgement of Paternity has been filed before you commence an action for a Residential Schedule or Child Support Order.

Further Assistance
If you need assistance with the forms or process, you may contact the Facilitator by calling 509-574-2695.