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Halle Berry's family law issue -- wants child support reduction

As the societal role of women changes, modern women are facing new challenges. For example, more and more female breadwinners arise each year, totaling nearly 40 percent of all mothers in the country. If these couples choose to go through a divorce or breakup, in Colorado or anywhere else in the country, then most likely the father of the child may be the one to receive child support payments instead of the wife or girlfriend, which has not been commonplace in previous generations. Actress Halle Berry is now facing this family law dilemma.

Berry and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry are the parents of a 6-year-old girl, and the two share custody of her. Recently, Berry went to court and petitioned the judge to reduce her child support payments. She currently reportedly gives Aubry $16,000 a month, and she wants to reduce that amount to $3,000.

Berry claims that she wants the reduction because Aubry is not currently working, and she claims that he refuses to look for work. Even as a famous actress, $16,000 may seem a bit excessive. Ultimately, it will be up to the judge to determine whether a reduction -- based on Berry's income as well as Aubry's income -- would be in order.

With the prominent emergence of the breadwinner mother also comes the role of the stay-at-home father. It will be up to the family law court to decide whether such a steep amount of child custody is actually appropriate for the father to receive. No matter their income levels, couples faced with family law and child support issues in Colorado always have access to help and guidance if they choose to seek it.

Source: TIME, "Halle Berry Child Support: Female Breadwinners Can't Have It Both Ways", Cathy Young, Oct. 20, 2014

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