Hi, This is my first post on this forum and really a last ditched effort to determine the legitimacy of my claim. I was hoping that someone on this forum with either experience in this realm of law, or past personal experience, could shed some light on my current situation. I was born to a US father and Canadian mother. I was born in Canada where my mother and father were not married, thus making me born out of wedlock. My father was using a nonlegal last name at the time and had altered is date of birth as far as what is shown on my birth certificate. My mother and father later married when i was 3 years old in Washington State (Marriage certificate shows my fathers legal last name and correct date of birth). My question is : In washington state the law is that if a couple marries and has a child previously born out of wedlock, their marriage legitimizes the child. This was set into date in 1992. If parents were married in 1986, does this child remain born out of wedlock, or will the law apply to dates previous of its creation? This is all very technical, but logically i would hope that child born prior to a new laws creation would have this same claim to legitimacy years later. One would think that laws are created to set things fair, and in doing so would hold no expiration or creation date stipulations. Thanks for taking the time to look at this, i hope someone can help me out.