A divorce is often traumatic for children. The parents may be anxious to live separately but the children often feel differently. Therefore, with the best interest of the child in mind, U.S. courts, including those in Pennsylvania, typically award child custody to one parent and order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. That applies to celebrities as well.
In a recent case, Halle Berry, who split with her boyfriend in 2010, is back in the court in an attempt to have her child support amount reduced. Berry filed documents that state that the $16,000 a month for child support to ex-boyfriend is too much. The couple has a 7-year-old daughter. Berry wishes to pay a quarter of the amount that she is currently paying. She believes that the father of her child does not need more than $4,000 a month in child support.
Berry also stated that she agrees to pay child support to him but that he also needs to find a full-time job. She feels that he should not live off child support payments that Berry pays. According to Berry, there is no case, no law that says a healthy man should live off child support payments that he gets from his wealthier partner. Berry says that she will fight the case.
She also stated that her former boyfriend has been spending a lot of money on personal expenses, such as clothing and accessories. However, it has not been established if Berry can prove that. In fact, her former partner has been receiving approximately $200,000 a year from Berry. She feels that he is not looking for employment because he is getting financial support from her. The couple share child custody of their daughter. Berry and Aubry ended their relationship five years ago and there have been issues since then.
Child support payments are a mechanism through which a parent who does not earn as much as the other payment can continue to support their child. Since the payments are for the child, it is not fair that it is not put to the child's use and those claiming that it is not should be able to prove their case. An experienced attorney may be able to guide Philadelphia parents through the modification process.
Source: Inquisitr, Halle Berry Court: Child Support Trial Begins For Halle Berry And Gabriel Aubry, July 15, 2015