Illinois movie fans may have heard that actress Halle Berry recently agreed to pay her ex-boyfriend almost $200,000 a year in child support payments. Since 2012, Berry had been fighting over custody with her ex-boyfriend, who works as a model. In that year, the actress tried to move the couple’s daughter with her to France, but a judge blocked the request.
A judge recently approved the settlement agreement reached by Berry and her ex regarding the child support payments for their six-year-old daughter. Berry agreed to pay the father $16,000 a month in child support, in addition to paying for the cost of their daughter’s school tuition. The former couple agreed to split the costs of their daughter’s health care.
A Superior Court judge approved the parties’ settlement on May 30. The settlement only relates to child support payments. Also included in the final order was an instruction for Berry to pay her ex-boyfriend $115,000 in child support back payments, as well as $300,000 for the cost of her ex-boyfriend’s attorneys’ fees incurred in their custody dispute.
A parent who feels that his or her attempts to reach a settlement agreement with an ex are going nowhere may want to ask an attorney for help filing a request with the court for the orders desired. A family law attorney can also help by drafting a potential settlement agreement, which can cover matters of child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and property division, among others. The attorney may help a parent determine whether it would be more cost-effective to make a minor concession in a settlement or whether it would be worth litigating the issue.
Source: ABC News, “Halle Berry To Pay $16,000 Each Month In Child Support“, June 09, 2014