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Oscar winning actress to pay $16,000 per month in child support

Florida fans of Oscar winning actress and star in X-men: Days of Future Past, Halle Berry, may find it interesting to learn that despite her celebrity status, she is not immune to family law issues. For example, she and her ex have been going through an acrimonious dispute regarding child support and child custody issues, which have recently been resolved.

According to media reports, the actress was recently ordered by a family court to pay her ex over $16,000 monthly in child support payments. Berry and her ex, a Canadian model, were together since 2005 but went their separate ways about five years later in 2010. They conceived a girl together who is now six-years-old. Shortly after they split up the ex-couple were embattled in a bitter child support and custody feud. To make matters worse, a physical confrontation between Berry's current husband, and her ex exasperated in 2012 when Berry's ex went to her home to drop off their then 4-year-old daughter. At some point, allegedly their daughter's nanny filed a restraining order against Berry's ex. Furthermore, the child custody and support battle between them intensified when Berry sought an order to relocate their daughter to Europe, specifically France. Nevertheless, the ex-couple was able to settle their child custody disagreements in 2011, and since then they have shared custody of their daughter.

The most recent child support dispute ended in May wherein Berry was order to pay her ex $16K on a monthly basis for their now 6-year-old daughter. According to the order the child support is to continue until the child turns 19 years old or graduates high school. Furthermore, the court ordered Berry to pay her ex's legal fees which were nearly $300K, and also pay about $115K in retroactive child support payments. Following the conclusion of the Berry's child support dispute, she will pay all of her daughter's education, but health care will be covered by both parents.

Child custody and child support go hand-in-hand. For many parents these are sensitive issues, and can get complex. Even though some parents may be tempted to handle legal proceedings in family court by themselves, when emotions are running high it can work against them. Thus, it may be important to work with a family law attorney who can work towards ensuring the best interests of the child are met, as well as helping their client find common ground with the other party.

Source: CNN, "Halle Berry to pay $16,000 a month in child support," Jane Caffrey, June 10, 2014

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