As a divorce lawyer practicing in Massachusetts, I've seen a lot of unusual divorce settlements. But when it comes to celebrity breakups involving child support, the numbers reach astronomical levels.
Case in point — famous actress Halle Berry's divorce from model Gabriel Aubry and the mind-blowing child support agreement they reached. The former couple shares a daughter named Nahla, born in 2008. As in any divorce with kids, the court ordered Berry to pay monthly child support to Aubry for co-parenting costs.
But Berry isn't just any working mom — she's an A-list Hollywood star reportedly worth $80 million. So the judge ordered her to pay a staggering $8,000 per month in base child support to Aubry, plus all their daughter's medical, education and other expenses.
To put this in perspective, the average child support order in a middle-class American divorce might be around $1,500 a month. But for mega-celebs like Halle Berry, the amounts are on another playing field, even if the principle is the same.
In the end, courts aim to maintain consistency in a child's lifestyle between parental homes. So while an $8,000 monthly payment is jaw-dropping, even by Hollywood standards, the courts deemed it reasonable given Berry's ultra-high earning power as an actress.
It just goes to show, even the rich and famous have to follow the same divorce rules as the rest of us. Although with star power like Halle Berry's involved, the dollar figures are truly out of this world!
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