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Guardian ad litem in actions brought to determine parent and child relationshipNotice.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 5333-S.SL) ***
(1) The provisions of *RCW 26.26.555 requiring appointment of a guardian ad litem to represent the child in an action brought to determine the parent and child relationship do not apply to actions brought under *chapter 26.26 RCW if:
(a) The action is brought by the attorney general on behalf of the department of social and health services and the child; or
(b) The action is brought by any prosecuting attorney on behalf of the state and the child when referral has been made to the prosecuting attorney by the department of social and health services requesting such action.
(2) On the issue of parentage, the attorney general or prosecuting attorney functions as the child's guardian ad litem provided the interests of the state and the child are not in conflict.
(3) The court, on its own motion or on motion of a party, may appoint a guardian ad litem when necessary.
(4) The summons shall contain a notice to the parents that pursuant to *RCW 26.26.555 the parents have a right to move the court for a guardian ad litem for the child other than the prosecuting attorney or the attorney general subject to subsection (2) of this section.

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: Chapter 26.26 RCW was repealed by 2018 c 6 § 907, effective January 1, 2019, with the exception of RCW 26.26.065, 26.26.130 through 26.26.190, and 26.26.270, which were recodified as RCW 26.26B.010 through 26.26B.120, effective January 1, 2019. For later enactment of the uniform parentage act, see chapter 26.26A RCW.
ApplicationConstructionShort title2002 c 302: See RCW 26.26.903 and 26.26.911.
SeverabilityEffective dateCaptions not law1991 c 367: See notes following RCW 26.09.015.
Severability1979 ex.s. c 171: See note following RCW 74.20.300.
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