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Should Halle Berry Pay Child Support of $16,000 a Month?

What do you think? Is the settlement fair?

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Helen Smith

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June 12, 2014 - 8:00 am
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Actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.

A reader alerted me (thanks) that Halle Berry has been ordered to pay child support to her ex-boyfriend:

A judge has approved a settlement between Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend over child support payments for their 6-year-old daughter.

The agreement approved by Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon on May 30 calls for Berry to pay ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry $16,000 a month or nearly $200,000 a year to support their daughter, Nahla. The Oscar-winning actress will also pay for their daughter’s tuition, but the former couple will split health care expenses.

The order also calls for Berry to pay her ex-boyfriend a retroactive payment of $115,000 and $300,000 to his attorneys to cover the costs of their custody dispute.

Berry and Aubry, a model, were involved in a custody dispute in 2012, and a judge blocked her from moving their daughter to France.

Gordon’s order only affects child support payments.

While these big custody and child support cases like this make headlines, the truth is, women still pay a small percentage of child support. I was recently watching the Independents, a Fox business show about the “War on Men” and Jill Filipovic of the Feministe blog said that women are now paying a great deal of the alimony and child support. This is hardly true. It may seem like it as the media and women complain if they have to pony up the cash, but men still pay the majority of child support and women rarely pay alimony.

What do you think? Is the settlement in the Berry case fair or unfair?

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Cross-posted from Dr. Helen’s blog

Image via: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.

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Would this question even be asked if it was a man who was paying?
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I thought the point of alimony was the 'social contract' that had the woman staying at home running the household, and the man earning the money. If he divorces her to marry his secretary or whatever, he pays alimony to support her, at least until she has a chance to get job skills -- and child suppport if necessary.

In a marriage where both are earning money (most of the time in these days), no alimony should be required of either party. In a case where the man was a stay at home dad for the whole marriage, and the wife initiated the divorce for her own selfish reasons, then alimony for the man might be appropriate.

In neither case should it be required just because someone earns more than the other one.

18 weeks ago
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She should not have to pay child support of nearly $200,000/year. This bit of social engineering that the feminists got enacted into law, setting child support as a percentage of income - with no caps - is horrible. No child needs $200,000/year.
18 weeks ago
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Maybe, if the kids are living on the space station.
18 weeks ago
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It happens in California when the wife earns more.
19 weeks ago
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This kind of support arrangement is common among high-income cases like this. The surprise to me is that the father got custody.
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I guess the shoe is not fitting on the other foot too well?
In the movie Liar Liar, Jim Carey's partner boss says "I love kids - they give you so much leverage in a custody battle"...life is imitating art. Pathetic.
19 weeks ago
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Better off both parents pay into a trust fund and draw from the fund to support the child. She will pay rent, food, and personal expenses from this fund.

Gosh, I hate to be the kid.
19 weeks ago
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So the boy friend gets to keep the cash cow: their daughter.

The question I have is why did the father, not the mother, win the custody battle?
19 weeks ago
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Would this question even be asked if it was a man who was paying?
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Nope
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Totally unfair. What on earth is that kid doing thats worth $16k a month?
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