1. Initial Documents. In this guide, I am going to mention a number of forms. Most of them can be downloaded from http://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.contribute&formID=44. The first documents you are going to need are:
WPF PS 01.0100 Petition for Establishment of Parentage (PTDTP)
WPF DRPSCU 09.0200 Confidential Information Form (INFO)
Cover Sheet Case Information Cover Sheet for Superior Courts
WPF PS 01.0160 Summons (Parentage) (SM)
WPF PS 01.0400 Parenting Plan; Proposed (PPP), Temporary (PPT), Final Order (PP)
FILL OUT THE FORMS -- FILE AND SERVE
2. You need to get these forms completed. Once they are completed and signed, you need to make several copies. The original needs to be filed with the clerk of the court. One of the copies then needs to be served on the other party, along with the case schedule, if the clerk gives you one. You cannot do the service. The forms have to be served by someone who is not a party to the action. This means either having a friend that you trust do it, or hiring a professional process server to do it. Generally, I tell people to hire the professional. This is because if the service comes into question later, the court is more likely to believe the professional process server than it will your drinking buddy.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND GENETIC TESTING
3. If the other side responds, contesting paternity. Then, you are going to have to make some motions for temporary orders. There is going to have to be a motion and declaration for the appointment of a guardian ad litem. This is because the courts have determined that the child or children have an interest in there being a correct determination of paternity. Since the child cannot represent him or her self, someone must be appointed to represent the interest of the child or children. This is the purpose of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL). There doesn't seem to be a standard for motion for GAL. However, the clerk of your county may be willing to sell you one. You are also going to have to do a motion, declaration and order for genetic testing.
WPF PS 02.0200 Motion and Declaration for Order to Require Genetic Tests (MTAF)
WPF PS 02.0300 Order Requiring Genetic Tests (ORBT)
4. To get these motions on the court's calendar, you will need a calendar note. These vary from county to county. So, go to the clerk's office or to your local law library and get one you can make copies of. You will have to fill one of these out and file it along with your motions and declarations. You will also have to arrange service on the other party again. How much notice you have to give also varies from county to county. Therefore, you will need to check your local court rules to determine how much notice of the hearing you have to give.
ORDERS FOR GAL AND GENETIC TESTING
5. If the court grants your motions then, you will have to have an order for the appointment of a GAL. This is not a standard form, but the court may have a form that it wants you to use. You will also need an order requiring genetic testing. This is a standard form, as noted above.
MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT
6. If the genetic testing comes back that the alleged father is the father, then, you will need to make a motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of paternity. At the hearing on your motion, you will need to bring an order on partial summary judgment. The forms necessary are:
WPF PS 03.0250 Motion for Summary Judgment on Parentage (MTSMJG)
WPF PS 03.0270 Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment (ORGSJ)
7. Once the order on motion for summary judgment is entered, the issue of "paternity" is done. The case then becomes a case for a parenting plan and child support. However, getting a parenting plan and child support established are beyond the scope of this summary.
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