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Court orders actress to pay $16K per month in child support

A Gig Harbor, Washington resident would agree that if a couple cannot resolve differences between themselves, they are still responsible for ensuring the health and wellbeing of their child. When couples separate, custody of the child is awarded either jointly or to one parent with the other parent providing financial assistance for the upbringing of the child. Thus, child support received from a noncustodial parent plays a pivotal role in providing for a child.

Recently a court ordered actress Halle Berry to pay $16,000 per month in child support to her former partner for their six-year-old daughter's expenses. According to the ruling, Berry would also have to pay $115,000 immediately for retroactive support in addition to the monthly payments. The child support payments would continue until their daughter is 19 years old or until the time she graduates high school, whichever comes first.

Berry and Gabriel Aubry, the child's father, dated for five years, with their daughter being born in the middle of their time together. After the split, the couple was embroiled in a chaotic child custody battle. At one stage, Berry even wanted to take her daughter abroad to live with a new boyfriend. However, Berry and Aubry have now reached a child custody agreement and since then both parents have held joint custody of their daughter.

In the state of Washington, courts decide child support amounts based on the parents' incomes and the number of children in the family. The calculations are done based on family law statutes. These laws, however, also consider the employment status of parents, the health condition of parents and children, health care, day care and everyday expenses, and the amount of time the children spend with each parent. Therefore, it may be a wise decision to seek legal representation from a Pierce County child support professional to advocate for these factors at the time of a child support hearing.

Source: SeattlePI.com, "Halle Berry Ordered to Pay $16,000 a Month in Child Support," Tim Surette, June 8, 2014

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