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You will need to contest the child support request and contest paternity. The court will presume you are the father of the child if you were married at the time of birth. Through a paternity test you may be able to overcome that presumption. You should also be aware that courts have also been hesitant to illegitimize children. In this case since the mother has been with the biological father you may get more favorable consideration. Since you know who the father you can ask (petition) the court to have the real father submit to a paternity test.
Given the long term consequences of child support you would be best served hiring local counsel to advocate for you. on the support issue. Courts will extend greater credibility to you if your cases is properly handled.
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