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NC does not allow common-law marriage, therefore you cannot enter into a common-law marriage in the state of NC. As the mother of the child you have default custodial rights to the child. You can decide to leave with the child if you wish. The father will be able to petition the court for visitation and potentially custody of the child. A court will then decide what the custody and visitation will be. A court will also assess child support against the non custodial parent.
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