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No, not if it was that long ago. Every state has a statute of limitations on when someone can file for child support, etc. and it doesn't extend that long in any of them.
Your facts don't mention what state you are in and I'd be glad to look at your specific state but it wouldn't be anywhere near 40 years in any of them. The most I've seen is within 4 years of the child turning 18.
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