A Los Angeles judge settled one dispute between actress Halle Berry and her former partner, Gabriel Aubry, this week, but the two are likely headed to court on another matter. Berry and Aubry were never married, but during their five years together they had a daughter. Since their split in 2010, the parents have been unable to agree about either custody or support for their little girl.
This most recent decision settles the child support matter — for now. The court ordered Berry to pay Aubry $20,000 per month, or almost a quarter of a million dollars every year, to provide their daughter, now 4 years old, with an appropriate lifestyle.
Of the two parents, Berry is apparently the major breadwinner, earning a reported $10 million per movie. Aubry, a model, has worked for A-list designers, but no current salary figures were available. According to celebrity news sources, he put his career on hold in 2011 while the custody and support issues were pending.
The custody dispute has been marked by accusations of child neglect and endangerment from Berry. But while headlines have featured Aubry’s promise to go into anger management therapy following an alleged altercation with their daughter’s nanny, Berry has been dealing with a stalker as well as aggressive photographers showing up at their daughter’s school.
The paparazzi are the major reason she has petitioned the court for permission to relocate to Paris. France, it seems, has stricter child privacy laws, and Berry has told the press many times that she wants her daughter to lead a normal life, away from the pressure and anxiety that comes with being the child of celebrities. “I’m not complaining about me. I’m an adult; I can handle it,” Berry told an interviewer last year. “But children should not be subjected to that. It’s just wrong.”
A preliminary custody report may put a hitch in her plans, though. The evaluation showed that Aubry is an active and engaged dad who spends as much time with his daughter as the current custody agreement allows. Their relationship would change if mother and daughter relocated to Paris. News sources say the report concluded that the move would not be in the best interest of the child.
The final decision, of course, is in the judge’s hands. The hearing should take place in the next few weeks.
New York Daily News, “Halle Berry ordered to pay baby daddy Gabriel Aubry quarter of a million dollars a year in child support,” Joyce Chen, June 20, 2012
NZCity.com.nz, “Halle Berry’s proposed move would damage family relationship – child custody evaluation,” June 12, 2012