In a typical
paternity case that comes across my desk, I find a mother who requests that the
Court order the baby daddy to pay support for his offspring. In other instances, I encounter fathers who
want to secure court-established time sharing with their children. “You know,” I tell them, “if you don’t have
any skeletons hanging in a closet, we are going to get you time sharing with
your child, but…you’re probably going to pay some child support.” That usually weeds out those who don’t
“really” want to participate in parenting.
That’s in my office, in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County,
Oh, but not so in sunny, funny California, where a few
months back, Superior Judge Scott Gordon ordered Halle Berry to pay her baby
daddy, Gabriel Aubry, the father of six –year old Nahla, a whopping $16,000 a
month in child support, as well as $115,000 in retroactive support. For those of you slow on the multi digit
multiplication math, that’s $192,000 a year!
Apparently that number excludes the child’s private school
tuition, which is an additional unreported amount. Just
for giggles I checked out the tuition for the most expensive private high
school (not elementary) in the United States, and that topped out at about
$45,000.00 per year. Presumably elementary
school is a bit cheaper. Wow, I just
spent a few fantasy moments figuring out what I would do if I were a 6 year old
vicariously receiving $192,000 per year….but even in my wild and crazy
imagination I cannot fathom what “needs” a 6 year old would have for this sum.
(Limo and chauffer at her disposal for play dates?)
Apparently the Berry-Aubry child tug-o-war began several
years back after the couple broke up in 2010.
Berry petitioned the court to move with Nahla to France, where her then
fianc??, Olivier Martinez was from.
Judge Gordon nixed that plan in November, 2012.
Meanwhile, last year, after losing that battle, Berry
married Martinez, but the latest update is that the couple is now heading for
divorce…no kids from this union.
So, even though I could not conjure up uses for $192,000 a
year as a 6 year old, there is, perhaps a role in this drama I could imagine
playing. How about “Husband’s
Attorney?” Apparently baby daddy Aubry’s
attorney received $300,000 in fees from Ms. Berry. Mr. Martinez, are you in need of
counsel? After all, I have two kids in
college, and their combined tuitions might be around the same as the tuition
Ms. Berry is paying for her daughter!
For the rest of my “real” clients, we’ll just go back to
those normal Florida child support guidelines. Something a little more "reasonable" for the average kid.
Child support nearing $200,000 a year! Crazy, preposterous? Not if you’re the kid of star Halle Berry! (or her lucky ex-beau)