Florida movie fans may recall actress Halle Berry's child custody battle with her ex-boyfriend. Berry was ordered to pay child support to the father of her now 7-year-old daughter. The two parents were back in court on July 14, as Berry is seeking a reduction of her monthly child support payments.
Berry is currently paying her ex $16,000 a month. In addition, she pays for their daughter's school tuition and she splits the 7-year-old's health care costs with the girl's father. She had been previously ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend's $300,000 legal fees and make a retroactive payment of $115,000.
Berry is now arguing for a decrease in her child support obligation payments to $3,000 a month. She contends that her daughter's father uses the child support money not only for the care of their daughter, but so that he can avoid working. Reporters waited outside of the locked courtroom for word of the July 14 proceedings, but neither Berry nor her ex-boyfriend offered any information as they left the court. Halle Berry has another child, a 21-month-old boy, with her current husband. In 2012, she was stopped by the court from taking her daughter to France to live with her and the man she eventually married.
Child custody disputes can be bitter and costly, and they can take an emotional toll on the children as well. It could be in the best interests of everyone involved to reach a settlement quickly. A judge has the responsibility of reaching a decision that is in the best interests of the child and must consider various types of information before making a determination. A family law attorney can assist a client who is seeking an order modification by demonstrating that a change in circumstances has occurred.
Source: New York Daily News, "Halle Berry faces ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry in secret trial over child support ", Nancy Dillon, July 14, 2015