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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328


The father of my child is deceased. Can I still get paternity established?
If the father has passed away, our office cannot get you an order of paternity. Any lawsuit against a deceased person must be filed against the deceased person’s personal representative as part of a probate action. Our office does not handle probate actions.
In some very limited circumstances, our office may be able to facilitate genetic testing so that the child is eligible for social security benefits. If you think your child may be eligible for social security benefits and the child’s father is recently deceased, call our office: (509) 382-1197

Prosecutors - Child Support

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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?

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