Unless DSS or a court can prove that you are unfit, and as long as you are proven to be the biological father of the child, you will be entitled to child custody.
Lisa M. Angel
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
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I had an encounter with a lady 12 years ago, she became pregnant. When she had the baby she wrote me and said she didn’t want anything to do with me or anything from me. I moved on. My sister was friends with her and kept in touch with her and the child. About 4 years ago my mother became angry with me and told my present girlfriend that I had a child in NC. Her and my sister started threatening me, saying I needed to send them money for the child (without the mother knowing). They would not give me any info on where the mother was other than in SC. Now, my sister has the child in her custody, has the mother paying her child support and has DSS on me to establish paternity and pay her child support. I told her I will take my daughter and support her myself. She says there is no way I will ever get custody. Is this true? Am considering hiring a NC attorney since she managed to take her from SC. Child’s mother has two small kids and may be a drug user. I am financially secure, have excellent credit etc. Have three small kids and a girlfriend of almost 12 years. Help! Thanks.