Once the hurdle of determining child custody is over, some parents in New York may be tempted to sit back and let out a huge sigh of relief. While this reaction can be understandable, it may also be a bit preemptive. Unfortunately, it is not necessarily uncommon for issues with child custody to arise.
Even if both parents stick to the times and places for pick up an drop off of their child outlined in the custody agreement, things may not necessarily be going smoothly. Child custody concerns more than just who the child is with and when, but also which parent can make certain decisions. Religion and education may be two particularly sensitive areas that parents must deal with.
However, it wasn't either of those topics that led Halle Berry and her ex, Gabriel Aubry, to court. According to Berry, Aubry had been using chemicals to both lighten and straighten the couple's daughter's hair. Ultimately, it was decided that neither Berry nor Aubry could make any decision regarding the girl's hair color or texture, although length or style may still be up to either parent.
This is not the first time that the couple has been in court over their daughter. When Berry had plans to move to France with the couple's daughter, Aubry took her to court to keep his daughter in the country. While some parents in New York are able to amicably work out a child custody agreement either themselves or with a mediator, some couples may ultimately end up before a judge. Should this happen, it will be up to the judge to determine what is in the best interests of the child. If one party appears to be violating any part of the custody agreement, it is possible to have the agreement enforced in court, as both Aubry and Berry have demonstrated.
Source: newpittsburghcourieronline.com, "Judge Orders Halle Berry's Ex To Stop Straightening, Lightening Daughter's Hair", Ruth Manuel-Logan, Nov. 28, 2014