While many people believe that the burden of paying child support is on fathers, high-profile custody cases are showing that it has nothing to do with gender. Halle Berry, the Academy Award-winning actress, is the latest celebrity example of high-earning mothers being required to make child support payments to the other parent.
Recently, the actress was ordered to pay child support to her daughter’s father. The court determined that Berry will be required to pay $16,000 monthly. She will also be responsible for half of the daughter’s health care expenses and will be solely responsible for her school tuition.
Child support laws and guidelines often hold the higher-earning parent responsible for child support, whether the parent is the mother or the father. Issues of child supportoften prove to be difficult during custody proceedings. Unless both parties have been able to reach an agreement on their own with respect to support and parenting time, establishing who makes what and how much they should pay is a frequent source of contention. One parent may believe the other is not entitled to receive a certain amount, and the other parent may believe the other will not pay enough.
Family law courts will take into account a variety of factors pertaining to the child in determining child support, and they qill also take into account any disparity in the parents’ income and employment. Once a child support order is put into place, it may be susceptible to a future modification if the non-custodial parent who is obligated to make payments can demonstrate an adverse change in his or her financial condition.
Source: MainSt., “Halle Berry Child Support Settlement Escalates Battle of the Sexes“, Juliette Fairley , June 30, 2014