The Skagit County
Public Health Department can notarize paternity acknowledgments for persons
born in Washington at no cost. A person mails the completed acknowledgment
to the Center for Health Statistics in Olympia. Acknowledgments can be
obtained at the Health Department. Our office hours are MONDAY through
FRIDAY from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
If there are questions
regarding paternity acknowledgments, please call the Skagit County Public
Health Department at (360) 416-1500.
More information can be obtained
by visiting the Division of Child Support.
IS THE COST OF PATERNITY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Center for Health
Statistics charges a $18.00 filing fee for paternity acknowledgments mailed
to them. Your local child support office may be able to pay the filing fee if you meet the qualifications listed below.
1. The child must
have been born in Washington State.
2. The child's mother was unmarried at the time of birth.
3. The father of the child is not named on the child's birth certificate.
If you need further
assistance and details, please contact your local child support office.
IS A PATERNITY ACKNOWLEDGMENT?
A paternity acknowledgment
can be used to allow parents to acknowledge paternity of a child born
in Washington State if the man agrees he is the father. The father and
mother (and the mother's husband if she was married) sign the paternity
acknowledgment in front of a notary.