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Actress in court over child custody dispute

Child custody disputes are something divorced parents in Maryland are not unfamiliar with, but apparently, the movie stars in Hollywood have the same problems as the rest of us. Recently, actress Halle Berry was in court as the result of an emergency hearing surrounding child custody issues with Gabriel Aubry, the father of her 3-year-old child.

According to a police report filed by the child's nanny, Aubry became violent and shoved the woman while she held the child. According to the nanny, an argument ensued following her questioning Aubry about the child's absence from school. Had it not been for the wall next to her, she most certainly would have fallen with the child in her arms.

Aubry's attorney has publicly stated that the allegations are false and that he would never do anything to hurt his child. Despite Berry's plea to issue an immediate stay-away order for the child's father, a judge did not issue such an order. Instead, the former couple was told to return to court. At that time, the judge will listen to additional arguments in a follow-up hearing.

Custody disputes and questions about a parent's ability to be around a child is something many Maryland families can relate to. As seen with the story of the famous actress, there is no immunity to these situations. Halle Berry was simply a mother doing everything she could to protect her child's well-being, utilizing the same legal system that we all share.

If a parent ever has cause to question the relationship a child has with the other parent, it is their responsibility to act upon that information in the best interests of the child.

Source: New York Daily News, "Halle Berry's ex accused of child endangerment," Nancy Dillon, Jan. 24 2012

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