Halle Berry's Ex Wants $20,000 a Month in Child Support - The Chicago Family Law Blog

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Halle Berry's Ex Wants $20,000 a Month in Child Support

Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend is asking for half a million dollars in attorney’s fees and $20,000 a month in child support, TMZ reports.

Berry and French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry have been embroiled in a custody war over the care of their 4-year-old daughter Nahla. Aubry is requesting the huge child support payments because he wants his daughter to continue living the life to which she’s grown accustomed, according to TMZ.

Would Aubry be entitled to similar child support payments in Illinois?

There are statutory guidelines under Illinois’ child support law, requiring non-custodial parents to pay a certain percent of their net income to the custodial parent as child support. The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • For 1 child, 20% of the non-custodial parent’s net income
  • For 2 children, 28% of the non-custodial parent’s net income
  • For 3 children, 32% of the non-custodial parent’s net income
  • For 4 children, 40% of the non-custodial parent’s net income
  • For 5 children, 45% of the non-custodial parent’s net income
  • For more than 5 children, 50% of the non-custodial parent’s net income

Courts also take into account other factors, including the financial needs of the children, the financial resources of the custodial parent, and the standard of living the children would’ve enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved. In order for Gabriel Aubry’s $20,000 child support demand to be in line with Illinois’ statutory guidelines, Halle Berry would have to be making around $100,000 a month. That seems entirely plausible.

If you have any questions about child support, you should check out FindLaw’s new child support mini-guide. The FindLaw Guide to Getting Child Support Payments is available as a free download. The guide covers all steps in obtaining child support from eligibility to modification of child support.

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