Inez, thank you for the additional information. The first thing your nephew would have to do is establish paternity
of the child. Once that is done, he could then petition/motion the court for custody of the child. The Judge is always going to act in the best interest of the child
when deciding custody and he would need to demonstrate and support with evidence, that the child can be properly care for a better cared for, in his sole custody
then that of the mother and/or shared between the two of them. He is going to have to present to the Judge a reason, that the child should be taken away from the custody of the mother. He has a better chance of asking the Judge to award joint custody
. Moreover, if there is joint custody ordered, it is possible that child support may not be ordered, since they both have the child 50% of the time. Of course, something like the cost of day care may be shared and other expenses for the child, which are needed for their well being. Now, if paternity is established and custody is not awarded solely to him or even shared, the mother could then ask the court to order child support, in the event what he is giving her is not enough. Your nephew can obtain and likely file the necessary forms on his own if he wanted to and obtain them from the clerk of court in the county where the child resides. In addition, here is an example of what he will have to fill out and a step by step guide of what needs to be done. The county is likely different but that can be modified if needed. http://www.aoc.state.nc.us/www/public/courts/meck/SelfServe/documents/CVS/cusvissuppdir_073008.pdf
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