The legal wrangling between actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry, has ceased…at least for now. In prior posts we have written about the couple’s legal battle over custody of their six-year-old daughter. In 2012, Berry attempted to move to France with then boyfriend Olivier Martinez. Aubry sued to block the move, arguing that it would not be in the child’s best interests to move away from her father. Berry and Aubry’s tumultuous relationship was punctuated by a fight between Martinez and Aubry on Thanksgiving in 2012.
Fast forward to June 2014, and the sides reportedly reached an agreement regarding payment of child support. The agreement calls for Berry to pay $16,000 per month in support, which comes out to nearly $200,000 annually. Berry will also pay $115,000 in retroactive support, and $300,000 in attorney’s fees.
The agreement does not alter the terms of their custody arrangement or parenting time schedule.
Indeed, the amount of support seems astronomical to those who make what is commonly seen as a normal wages (i.e. $40,000-$100,000 per year). However, the law calls for both parties’ incomes to be considered when setting support amounts. Given that Berry’s is considerably larger than most (and more than Aubry’s) it is not surprising that her support payments are higher than most people’s incomes.
Nevertheless, people with questions about child support should rely on the advice and counsel of an experienced family law attorney, not stories about celebrities. This way the proper expectations can be set for those who are seeking or may be paying support.
Source: USAToday.com “Halle Berry reaches settlement on child support,” AP News, June 9, 2014