It is being reported that Halle Berry has been ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend and father of her 6 year old daughter, Gabriel Aubry, a whopping $16,000 per month in child support. The settlement was approved on May 30th, and was signed off on by Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon. The settlement also requires that Berry foot the bill for her daughter's tuition, but both she and Aubry will split health care costs.
Over the course of a year, the actress is expected to pay her model ex-boyfriend an astronomical sum of just under $200,000 in the form of support payments for their young daughter. Additionally, Ms. Berry is required to make retroactive payments in the amounts of $115,000 and $300,000 to cover Aubry's legal fees.
The former couple ended their four year long relationship in 2010, and has been locked in the nasty custody and support battle since 2012. That year, Berry tried to relocate with their daughter to France, so the two could live there permanently with her now husband, Olivier Martinez. The award winning star claimed that the constant threat of paparazzi had made it unsafe to raise the young child in California, and sought to provide a more normal and private upbringing overseas. Aubry strongly contested the transcontinental move that would limit his access to his daughter. After a heated battle (both in and out of the court room), Berry was denied her request to relocate with the child, and the former couple were reported to have reached an "amicable" agreement regarding child custody.
In New York State, child support payments are determined under the Child Support Standards Act. Payments are calculated and ordered in amounts that correspond with how many children you have, as well as how much money you make annually. For instance, if a non-custodial parent has one child, their child support obligation would be 17% of their income. So, if a person makes $37,000 per year, their child support obligation would be $6,290 annually. For further reference, please refer to the hyperlink above, or to the chart below.
Child custody and child support are both serious family court matters, and while it is possible to represent yourself in these cases, it isn't always advised. Whether you want to relocate with your child, get a modification of an existing order, or simply obtain a legal document details custody and visitation with the other parent, it is smart to discuss your case with a lawyer who specializes in New York family law. At the law firm of Brian D. Perskin & Associate, P.C., we do just that. Our only focus is on matrimonial and family law cases, which means we have the knowledge and experience necessary to navigate such sensitive and important issues. Contact the staff at (646) 759-9735 or (718) 875-7584 to schedule your free consultation today!