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Child custody a focus of Halle Berry's divorce

Child custody is often one of the major areas of contention during a divorce in Missouri and other states. A child custody battle can have a long-lasting emotional impact not only on the two parents involved but also on the child. One high-profile individual, actress Halle Berry, is currently going through a divorce involving child custody.

Berry and her husband, Olivier Martinez, recently announced they would be splitting up and filed divorce petitions. They share a toddler son, Maceo, who is 2 years old. The pair, however, reportedly do not want to have a sour custody battle over him.

The two individuals, who have been married for two years, frequently spent time apart and are said to have fiery personalities, which contributed to their divorce. However, the two are reportedly trying to put their feelings aside and focus on what is best for their child. They filed for joint custody of the boy and are said to be working on a visitation schedule for him. Berry, in her divorce petition, also specifically requested that Martinez, who is from France, receive permission before leaving California with the boy. Berry had previously been involved in a child custody battle with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry with whom she shares a daughter named Nahla Ariela.

The parent who will receive child custody is decided on a case-by-case basis in Missouri. The court will first and foremost take into consideration what is in the best interest of the child. Two parents who are dealing with child custody matters during a divorce have the right to pursue an outcome that is personally satisfactory while also being appropriate for their child.

Source: People, "Halle Berry Does Not Want Custody Battle, Seeks 'Easy and Amicable' Divorce from Olivier Martinez: Source", Jodi Guglielmi, Oct. 29, 2015

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