Parentage action is to establish if someone is the parent of the child (usually a father who denies its his child). You can go to the courthouse and look up your name at the clerk and see if there is any parentage actions pending.
The question of whether you need one should be directed to an attorney. Its a very fact specific question and probably can't be answered over Avvo.
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I agree with Mr. Kaminski. If a parentage action was filed in your county, you should be able to access it at the Superior Court of the County. If one was filed and you were never served, that matter can be addressed. Under the same cause number, the issue of the parenting plan can be brought before the court. If you signed a paternity affidavit and/or your name is on the birth certificate, that information needs to be given to the attorney you consult--yes, you should schedule an appointment with a local family law attorney for this purpose.
I agree with both of the other attorneys. You can go to the Court website for your county, or go to the actual clerk in Superior Court at your local courthouse, to find out if there has been a parentage actin involving your name. From there, you will likely want to speak with an attorney who can review the specifics of your case and provide you with detailed guidance.
If you can't afford an attorney, there is some good self-help information available at washingtonlawhelp.org
Best of luck.
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