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Dear Customer, I am very sorry to learn of this situation. If my understanding of your question is correct, this child is not yet born. If that is the case, I will be unable to provide you with very much concrete information as far as how the joint custody would work or child support. I would advise that you contact a local attorney to discuss this case (at least to get a legal opinion as to your specific case, which I cannot offer, I am restricted to providing you with general legal information), and to assist you in planning your options. Your child would be entitled to child support from the father for the period of time it was with you regardless of the custody arrangement. Child support is generated by court formulas (this is why I cannot help you more directly with this as it takes into account income from both parents and family situations for each, including other children, spouses, earning capacity, etc.). Even if the custody decision was for 50/50 (which I cannot tell you one way or the other as family law decisions vary, and again are very fact specific - however, there is a general trend to keep very young children with their mothers - your child would still receive child support while he was with you assuming the father was the higher wage earner).
I hope that this is helpful, I wish that I could provide you with something more concrete, or more specific to your situation, but in almost all cases such as the one you describe, the threat that the child will be taken from you for 50/50 custody immediately is highly unlikely, and the father will more likely than not be required to pay child support. As the child gets older, custody arrangements may change, but it is unlikely an infant will be separated - a local attorney will be able to give you a much better answer for what local courts are doing in your specific jurisdiction. You may be able to contact one for a consultation of an hour or less - look for a solo practitioner or a small firm as they are generally more flexible.
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