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Is it possible for mothers to ordered to pay support?

Halle Berry’s summer television show on CBS “Extant” has opened to rave reviews. The sci-fi thriller has Berry playing an astronaut who returns to earth after a 13 month solo mission at a space station, only to find out that she is pregnant. The questions about conception are only the beginning, but the show, and Berry’s earnings from her latest stint on “X-Men: Days of Future Past” are likely the reasons why she has been able to reach an agreement on paying child support with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, whom she shares a child with. 

The child support agreement is the end of a long, drawn out legal battle over custody of the child. According to numerous reports, Berry attempted to obtain a court order so that she could move to France with then boyfriend Olivier Martinez (whom she has since married). When that request was denied, the legal battle continued over parenting time and child support. Nearly two years later, the parties settled on an agreement regarding child support.

Berry will reportedly pay Aubry $16,000 per month in support. She will apparently also make the payments for private school, and she will pay Aubry’s legal fees, which amount to $300,000. While this may appear excessive, consider this: Berry is one the highest earning actresses in Hollywood, earning between $10 and $15 million per film. While it is has not been disclosed what her salary is for “Extant,” it is reasonable to assume that she would have been subject to a higher support obligation should she had lost in family court.

So the lessons here are: Yes, mothers can be ordered to pay child support in some situations, and it may be advantageous to parents to reach agreements on support.

Source: USAToday.com “Halle Berry reaches settlement on child support,” AP News, June 9, 2014 

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