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Movie star Halle Berry's child support settlement approved

If a couple decides to end their marriage, it is desirable that they come to an agreement on the legal matters, including alimony and child support. Even when both partners are wage-earners, the court arbitrating the divorce requires parents to establish who will have custody of their children and who is responsible for paying child support. Accordingly, if the responsible partner defaults on paying child support, he or she is liable to be prosecuted and penalized as residents of Westchester, New York, likely know.

The notion of child support goes beyond simply raising children. Their education is significant, and the costs may be added to support payments. This is the case in the recently concluded agreement between actress Halle Berry and her former boyfriend that mandates the Hollywood star make a payment of $16,000 each month in child support. The couple has a 6-year-old daughter together. Berry is also responsible for meeting the tuition costs for the daughter.

In many cases, such proceedings can turn into custody battles. Sometimes, partners may completely ignore their obligation in paying child support in a timely manner. To keep the legal philosophy of guaranteeing the best interests of the child, courts will enforce the payment of child support through methods, including withholding paychecks and tax returns.

For the partner taking care of the children and dependent on child support, non-payment may be a significant financial burden. While such legal procedures might be emotionally difficult, by taking legal action, parents can ensure they do not suffer due to the negligence of their exe.

Source: Portland Press Herald, "Judge approves Halle Berry's child support deal," June 9, 2014

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