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Halle Berry reaches settlement in child support case

Although it is more typically the case, sometimes the father is not always the one who pays child support following a break up. Indeed, even if two people do not get married, if they have a child, there may be tough legal questions with regard to who will pay for school tuition, health care and other child support costs. In some instances, if the mother is far more financially successful than the father, then the mother may be legally obligated to pay for the bulk share of child support expenses.

For example, in a recent case involving actress Halle Berry, she and her ex-boyfriend have come to an agreement with regard to child support for their child. The ex-couple first met in 2005 during a Versace photo shoot. They dated for a couple of years and then had a baby girl in 2008. In 2010, though, they broke up. After a judicial order prevented Halle Berry from taking their daughter to live with her in France in 2012, the couple was engaged in a child support battle.

The child support agreement, however, was finally approved late last month. The actress is to pay the father of their 6-year-old girl $16,000 per month for child support. Berry will also pay school tuition for the girl, while her health expenses will be divided half and half until the girl turns 19 or completes high school. The actress will also pay $115,000 of retroactive child support, in addition to $300,000 attorneys' fees, to her ex-boyfriend.

In most cases, child support agreements can be easily resolved through mediation proceedings. However, in some situations, they require litigation before coming to a conclusion. In such situations, that litigation can be costly, but as was seen with Berry and her ex-boyfriend, the party who ultimately is to receive the child support can try to obtain money for legal costs and attorneys' fees.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Halle Berry to pay ex a hefty sum in child support settlement" Nardine Saad, Jun. 09, 2014

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