It is not uncommon for a Maryland parent who is tasked with making child support payments to feel as if the level of that financial obligation is too high. This belief is not always supported by fact, and many parents who go through divorce are not really aware of the true cost of raising a child, which can make payments appear excessive. There are cases, however, in which a child support agreement or court order results in payments that are not only more than what is necessary to support the care of one or more children, but which also create financial difficulties for the parent who is asked to make the payments.
For those who feel that they are paying more than what is necessary or fair, the recent legal struggle between actress Halle Berry and her former boyfriend may strike a chord. Berry is currently paying her child's father a monthly total of $16,000 to care for their shared child, a six-year-old girl. The parents share custody of the child, which means that Berry covers a significant portion of her daughter's needs while the child is in her care.
Berry recently filed motions to ask the court to lower those payments. In making her case, Berry states that her former partner is not making any effort to find work or support himself, and seems content to simply live off of the monthly child support payments he receives. She is asking the court to reduce her child support payments to $3,000 per month, and states that the child's father is capable of finding work to supplement those payments.
As the child support case moves forward, Maryland readers may learn more about the details of the former couple's break-up and parenting agreement. It will be interesting to see how the court handles the issue, and whether the child's father will attempt to make the argument that Berry should provide the means for him to keep a household similar to the one that the child experiences while she is with her mother. The case may also provide some insight into whether the court will expect the father to earn a living on his own accord, especially since he only has shared custody of the child in question.
Source: entertainmentwise.com, "Halle Berry Wants To Stop Paying $16,000 Monthly Child Support To Gabriel Aubry?", Alicia Adejobi, Oct. 16, 2014