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Halle Berry reaches custody agreement with ex

Maryland movie fans are sure to be familiar with Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, who is currently married to Olivier Martinez and has an 8-month-old son with him. A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles, however, has recently approved an agreement that will have her making at least $16,000 a month in child support payments to her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry.

Berry and Aubry have been involved in a custody dispute centered upon their 6-year-old daughter since 2012, when Berry is said to have attempted to move to France with her. She was blocked from doing so by a judge after the father objected. The agreement was signed on May 30. In addition to requiring monthly child support, it also calls for Berry to finance their daughter's future educational costs and share the cost of her health care expenses.

While Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry were not married, their separation involves some of the same issues that a married couple may experience if they divorce. In the event that it proceeds to the litigation stage, divorce has a tendency to be a contentious affair and can involve issues that are central to each party's sense of identity and well-being. It is often important to resolve issues such as custody before a satisfactory agreement can be made, but this is not always possible for the participants to do unassisted.

Someone who is involved in a similar child custody dispute may wish to secure legal representation to help advocate their claim. In these cases, it might be necessary to delve into the nature of the couple's relationship with one another to decide what is in the best interests of the child. An attorney may be able to document this evidence and work to expedite the process as much as possible.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Halle Berry reaches settlement on child support", June 09, 2014

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