Family law courts across the country generally recognize the value of having both parents take an active role in a child’s life. Barring any potential danger, the courts like to grant each parent adequate time with a child in any custody dispute. This is true for courts in Georgia, as well as those across the United States.

One very public example of this has been taking place in California lately. When Halle Berry and her former boyfriend Gabriel Aubry ended their four-year relationship in May 2010, Aubry filed a paternity action in California. Since they were not married, Aubry wanted to legally establish his rights as the father of their 2-year-old daughter.

It appeared as though the former couple had worked out a shared parenting time schedule, but then problems arose. Berry apparently dropped out of a movie she was scheduled to shoot because she was concerned about her daughter’s well-being when she was under Aubry’s care. Representatives from both sides reported jealous and vindictive behavior, especially when photographs of Aubry and his new romantic interest surfaced.

Recently, things have smoothed out. Berry rejoined the cast of the movie she had dropped out of. She requested permission to take her daughter to New York while she was working on the film. A Los Angeles judge granted the request, but stipulated that she must let Aubry spend time with the child while she is there. Sources indicate that Aubry will be following Berry to New York to exercise his parental rights and spend as much time as possible with his daughter.

While the court documents for this family law case are sealed, records show that the judge dismissed the petition that Aubry had filed. This is a prime example of how the courts aim to keep both parents actively involved in a child’s life.

Source:, “Halle Berry & Baby Daddy Battle: Ex Wins Visitation With Daughter, Following Star to New York,” 17 Feb. 2011