Halle Berry: High Costs of Co-Parenting in Court

The recent Thanksgiving Day brawl on actress Halley Berry’s driveway between her 4 year old daughter Nahla’s father, French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, and her actor fiancée Oliver Martinez, shows just how easily co-parenting disagreements can escalate into physical confrontations.

Leading up to the altercation, Berry and Aubry spent 19 days in a civil court trial before a judge recently determined that Berry would not be allowed to relocate to Paris with her daughter Nahla and her fiancée Olivier Martinez.

According to tmz.com, “Gabriel says he took Nahla to Halle’s at around 10 AM. He says in a completely unusual move, Olivier came out of the front door — usually the nanny was the go-between. Gabriel claims Olivier said, “We need to talk.” Gabriel says he walked toward his car to close his door when Olivier jumped off the stairs and knocked Gabriel to the ground and started brutally beating him, screaming that Gabriel cost them $3 million to fight the custody war (Halle’s failed move to take Nahla to Paris).”

Even though Berry, Aubry, and Martinez are public figures who have much higher incomes than typical parents in co-parenting disputes, the amount of money spent on legal fees and experts’ testimonies frequently takes a huge financial bite from all participants who choose to take their co-parenting disagreements to court, whether they are financially well off or not.

Co-parenting disagreements that get taken to court involves juggling the multiple schedules of extremely busy attorneys, witnesses, experts and judges for each and every court date. Delays and rescheduling are usually the rule, not the exception.

The money, time and emotional duress involved in  lengthy co-parenting disputes that go to court wears on all the participants and their family members–greatly affecting their emotional well-being, physical health, finances and delaying  their ability to  move forward with their lives.

The high costs involved often lead to power struggles and each parent’s need to be right outweighing their responsibilities to communicate and negotiate in calm and consistent ways that enhance their child’s well-being rather than damage it further.

Instead of all of the parties, child experts and attorneys getting together outside of court however many times it takes to reach a negotiated agreement about where the child should live, an extensive and combative civil trial took place which fueled the financial and emotional fires, setting off the Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry’s home.

High Costs of Co-Parenting Battles

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