A little over a year ago, I was informed by an ex that she was pregnant with my child, but that she did not expect anything from me, and that her new boyfriend would assume the role of father. I strongly disagreed with this idea, and after arguing about it for several weeks, she broke off contact with me, and refused to return any of my calls, emails, etc. She publicly claimed that the new boyfriend was the father, but I have seen a picture of the child, and am quite certain that I am the father.
Six months after the child's birth, I attempted to contact the mother via email. We corresponded several times by phone. During the course of these conversations she implied that I was the father, but also stated that I was not the father. I have been emailing the mother over the last three months asking her to allow me to be involved somehow in this child's life. She now claims that the other guy is the father, and that they have a paternity test. The mother and I are no longer in contact. I am quite certain that this other man's name appears on the birth certificate. The child is now 10 months old.
I would like to know what my rights are under Maine law to file a paternity action and to have a DNA test done, when the mother is completely uncooperative, and when there is already a "legal father." Does it matter that I have waited this long to file? I am not at all familiar with Maine's approach to family law.
Thank you for any information.