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Subject: Re: [NCROOTS] Question about Bastardy Bonds
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:28:55 -0500 (EST)
I don't have a bond at hand at the moment to recite the language. If you have a copy of the actual bond (and not just an abstract) it should be clear.
The way bonds are written, they go into effect only if the child becomes a charge on the county, otherwise they were considered null and void. As long as the accused father (or mother if she refused to name the father) provided for the child, the bond wouldn't go into effect, and there was no reason to go to court to "negate" the bond (the bond does that itself).
The only reason to go to court would be if the child was about to become a charge on the county, then the State of NC would start procedures on behalf of the mother against the father, or the bondsmen if the father was gone.