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State’s Parentage Act Gets Major Makeover

February 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Raegen Rasnic

Washington’s parentage statute was significantly revised effective January 1 as a result of the 2018 Legislature’s passage of SB 6037. This historic legislation made Washington the first state to substantially enact the 2017 Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) developed by the Uniform Laws Commission. 

The new statute, codified as RCW ch. 26.26A, repealed most (but not all) sections of the former parentage statute, RCW ch. 26.26. Summarized below are some of the new statute’s most significant provisions, including those governing de facto parentage, assisted reproduction and surrogacy.

Parentage

Under RCW § 26.26A.100, a person is considered a parent if he or she:

• Gives birth...

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