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Celebrity couple spars over custodial issues

Apparently time has not dulled the acrimony between Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and her considerably less famous ex, Gabriel Aubry. New Yorkers may have heard about the latest custodial dust-up that landed the pair in court.

According to the website TMZ, Berry, who is African-American, noticed that her 6-year-old daughter Nahla's hair appeared to be lighter and was straightened. She petitioned the court to force Aubry, who is Caucasian, to refrain from using any products or procedures on the girl's hair to change its color or make it less curly.

The judge sided with Berry. After listening to some vehement arguments from both sides, the judge issued a ruling that neither parent can alter the child's natural look. Berry was not present in the courtroom but was represented by her attorney.

The child was born in 2008. Aubry and Berry first met three years ealier at a Versace photo shoot. They split up in April 2010.

Last May, the "Monster's Ball" actress settled with Aubry, agreeing to pay him almost $200,000 annually in monthly increments of $16,000 in child support.

Even though months after the couple split, Berry gave a Vogue interview in which sh said the two adults hoped that a peaceful custody agreement could be worked out, their split has been marred by court appearances and accusations.

In 2012, Berry petitioned the court to move to France with the minor child in order to keep her safe from a stalker and the American paparazzi. Her motion was denied.

In 2013, Berry wed the French actor Olivier Martinez. The couple celebrated the birth of their son, Maceo, only months later in October of last year.

Despite their vast wealth, custodial and support issues dog celebrities just as they do non-famous couples after a split. To make sure that your child's best interests are paramount to the courts, it is important to retain a Manhattan family law attorney for representation.

Source: New York Daily News, "Halle Berry turns to court to stop ex Gabriel Aubry from straightening their daughter’s hair: report" Nancy Dillon, Nov. 25, 2014

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