How do I protect my rights as a father in Washington State Hi. I’m Eric Engel, a Seattle child custody lawyer with the Engel Law Group. The law has evolved significantly over the last three decades, moving from a genderspecific to a genderneutral stance in our statutes. There are some very basic things that you can do to help facilitate your rights as a parent. One make sure that you’re documenting the time of when you’re spending with your child. Two look for objective things that will lend credence to the idea that you’re spending.
A lot of time with your child. For example, if you’re taking your child to a doctor or if you’re going to the parentteacher conferences these are examples of specific acts where it’s objective and it’s easy to determine who’s done what. Three be very mindful of domestic violence and drug and alcohol claims. You’ll be surprised how many times drug and alcohol or domestic violence can come up when you’re talking about getting a divorce or you’re asking for parental visitation with your child. You need to be very, very careful in.