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I am sorry for your situation. Honestly, I would agree with your attorney. Allow me to explain why:Custody
The Court decides on custody based on the rule of thumb of "best interest of the child." This includes, but is not limited to, general stability of the parent, financial stability, indoctrination of the child in the current school and environment, household condition and living condition of the child, other persons living in the house, etc. The courts generally do not like to split the custody 50/50 since this is hard on the child unless both parents agree and as for this.
Of course, that is the standard order of possession. That order can be modified if both parties agree or if the Court finds that it is an extraordinary situation.
Here, because the child is very young, and has been with you for all this time, the Court is unlikely to take the custody away from you unless there is a compelling
reason to do so.
One parent usually becomes the custodian and the other parent becomes the "visiting" parent which is generally one day a week, every other weekend, and alternating holidays. The nuanced points of the custody can either be decided by the parties or the Court, if the parties cannot come to an agreement. However, with an infant, the visitation is limited to only a few hours a week and is "gradually" expanded as the child grows older, normally blossoming into full visitation around the age of three.
It seems that this is what you have here.Child Support & Insurance
The visiting parent pays child support to the custodian, unless the custodian declines it - see here
. However, this can be altered if both parties agree to a lesser or higher amount or do not put child support in the orders all-together; the Court will only impose default child support if the parties cannot agree.Prenatal
The Court has discretion whether or not to award prenatal care, and often does.Summary
What you are requesting is well within the default norm of the Court, and your attorney here is correct - this is a good case and your it is unlikely that the Court would grant your ex's wish here.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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