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I have custody of my 2 and 1/2 year old daughter, but my ex

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I have custody of my 2 and 1/2 year old daughter, but my ex wants to have joint custody and is taking me back to court. If agree to this what are the pros and cons? Will my child support go down? She will still be with me the majority of the time
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Child support is agreed-upon by the parents, and if not, then the Court sets it using the default set of calculation which focuses on how much the parent makes, and does not take into consideration what percent the child will be with you. So even if he has more custody, he is still likely to pay the same child support.

Pros
-you may avoid an expensive court battle
-child support generally stays the same.
-in fact, you can barter him for more child support in an agreement not to fight him on widening visitation

Cons
-you may not want to allow him more visitation
-if you disagree, then you may face an expensive court battle
-once he has more time with the child, the court is less likely to reduce it unless/until you prove negligence/abuse on his part. So this may very well be standard until the age of majority.

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