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Actress seeks modification of child support

Posted on behalf of Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 04, 2014 in Child Support

The process of settling on an amount of child support the first time around can be stressful and those who go through it may be relieved at the end of the process to have the matter resolved. The reality however is that the agreement is not set in stone and it is possible that the matter could be addressed again at a later time via a modification. This is currently the situation actress Halle Berry and the father of her 6-year-old daughter are now facing.

Berry has been paying her ex $16,000 per month in child support. Recently however she sought to have that amount reduced to $3,800.

The reason behind the challenge is that Berry believes the child support payments she makes are being used in ways that do not benefit the couple's daughter. More specifically she claims that he uses the money for health insurance, a car, electronics, clothing and fitness.

In his defense, Berry's ex, who is a model, claims that he has not been able to book any jobs after a physical incident with Berry's now husband, almost two years ago.

What considerations went into the original child support calculations are not clear. While this case is unfolding in another state, in the state of Connecticut a codified formula is used to determine the amount. Under certain circumstances it is possible that the formula will be deviated from. Where modifications are concerned, there must be a substantial change in circumstance in order for them to be granted. These changes may include your ex receiving a larger salary or you losing your job. Whether Berry will be successful in her quest remains to be seen.

Source: Miami Herald, "Halle Berry thinks ex is spending child support money on himself," Madeleine Marr, Nov. 3, 2014