My question involves paternity law for the State of: Washington
(Yes, I'm a third party in this - not my dog in the fight, but it is for someone very close to me)
Child born 2006, unwed Mom and Q sign paternity acknowledgement, allowing him to be on child's BC. All lived together for 8 months until they break up, no child support established.
Mom has brief one-minute stand with Bloke during the possible window of conception but neither thinks anything of it.
Several years later (2010) she meets up with Bloke for the first time since the encounter and they marry. They inform everyone that they did a home paternity test and Bloke is actually the father. Shortly thereafter (ie, months) they separate, and now Bloke wants visitation. Nothing was done to challenge paternity and he did not adopt the child. Mom recently filed a dissolution (no children), and he has not seen the child in several months. All in all they lived together for about 7 months.
I've poured through the RCW, and this is what I'm seeing: He's time-barred from acting upon anything.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=26.26.540 : Does not apply since (1) he was not a signatory and (2) it has been more than 4 years since the acknowledgement was signed.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=26.26.530 : Does not apply since (1) It has been longer than four years and (2) does not apply because a) Mom & Q were intimate during that time and b) Q held the child to be his own. 530 also does not apply because Q was not the presumed father; RCW does differentiate between presumed and acknowledged.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=26.26.335 : Does not apply since it has been longer than 4 years and he was not a signatory.
And Page 13 of this
So far, Bloke has spoken with an attorney who requested that Mom submit to the attorney a parenting plan. She has so far refused since Bloke is not a parent to the child.
Am I missing something glaringly obvious here? The statute seems to say quite definitively that Bloke's ship sailed quite some time ago - correct?
Thank you my friends!
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Um...yeah, I didn't mean for that to become War & Peace-like. Sorry for the length.