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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Were you and the mother married when the baby was born? What happened when you went to court? Was there ever a custody or support order in place? Also, how old is the child?
Thank you for that information.
I'm not sure how the fact that she's now an adult changes things, so I'm going to opt out and let another expert take over. Please do not reply, as that can cause delays. Good luck.
Hello, new expert here..
I hate to have to tell you this, but if the child is now an adult, then you can't legally force a DNA test to prove or disprove paternity at this point. This is because the law in NC states that a man would only have one year from the time they knew or should have known that they weren't the father during the time that the child is a minor..
So when the child turned 18, that window to potentially dispute paternity closes forever.
With that said, the time to dispute this would have been when you first thought the child wasn't yours or up to to the child's 18th birthday.
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