Movie fans in Arizona may have read about the custody dispute between actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry. News sources have recently reported that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has signed off on an agreement between the two that will require Berry to make $16,000 in child support payments a month to Aubry. The former couple have a 6-year-old daughter.
In addition to the payment plan, Berry has agreed to pay the cost of their daughter’s future tuition and share in her medical expenses. She will also make a retroactive support payment of $115,000 to Aubry and an additional $300,000 for his attorneys. The Oscar-winning actress is currently married to Olivier Martinez, and they have an 8-month-old son.
Child support payments are usually tailored to reflect the payer’s income level and status, but sometimes, it’s possible that child support payments may overburden a payer’s finances. This can occur following a job loss or other income reduction. In those cases, a payer might to try to amend the original agreement in order to better fit their needs. Similarly, a parent who receives child support may petition to have the payments increased if the other’s income level rises after the agreement has been established.
Negotiating for child custody and child support can be an emotionally exhausting experience for many people. Therefore, Arizona parents facing custody issues may wish to enlist the services of an attorney to help them make their case. In addition to advocating on their behalf, an attorney may be able to advise clients as to the terms of a child support agreement and help ensure any proposed settlement is not unduly disadvantageous to them.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Halle Berry reaches settlement on child support”, June 09, 2014