California Child Custody Issues Led Halle Berry to Drop Broadway

There are conflicting reports in the celebrity press about the resolution of Halle Berry’s Southern California child custody issues with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. As my colleague Winiviere Sy noted in a recent post, Berry had to pull out of a movie role earlier this year because the part would have required her to travel to New York and she was reluctant to leave the couple’s three-year-old daughter in Aubry’s care.

Ten weeks later it is unclear whether these issues have been resolved. CNN.com recently quoted Berry saying “she is happy that the two have settled their issues.” Yet only two days earlier the celebrity-tracking website Monsters & Critics had reported that Berry had once more pulled out of a New York-based acting job because of the unresolved dispute. The latest case, the website reports, is a play about Martin Luther King Jr. in which the Oscar-winning actress was to have made her Broadway debut.

The exact nature – and extent – of the issues separating Berry and Aubry remains unclear. Berry herself seemed to have the appropriate perspective on the situation, however, when, according to CNN, she told “Extra”: “We both know a child needs both her parents. But what I want to say about it is sometimes, as a couple, you reach an impasse. We need a court and a judge to help us work out some of the delicate issues.”

From an Orange County family law attorney’s perspective it would be hard to put it better. Attorneys and the California child custody and visitation system exist to help parents protect their rights, but also, at a more basic level, to help families resolve impasses they are unable to work through on their own.

It is unfortunate that Berry has apparently had to cancel her Broadway debut, but based, at least, on her public comments it seems clear that she has her priorities as a parent well in order. That is something any Orange County divorce lawyer can admire.

Monsters & Critics: Custody issues force Halle Berry to cancel Broadway debut

CNN.com: Halle Berry’s custody battle is over