Many Texas parents want what is best for their children. While going through a divorce is never easy, most parents find it emotionally challenging to come to agreements over the parental rights that they believe will have an impact on the lives of their children. Many of those who struggle to get past this stage of the divorce proceedings choose to utilize the services of a mediator. The objective input of such a professional often facilitates communication and compromise that would otherwise not have been possible.
A recent court case between Halle Berry and her former boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, underscores the types of contentious issues that may follow long after a separation or divorce. The former couple, who share a young daughter, have been in court several times over the past few years over various issues. Some of the issues include disputes over alimony, parenting practices and visitation rights.
In the latest lawsuit, Berry accused Aubry of subjecting their daughter to hair treatments that would straighten her hair in an effort, according to Berry, to disguise the fact that she was partly African-American. Berry, who is a child of a white mother and a black father, asserts that she is proud of being part of a blended family. As a result of the case, a judge ruled that neither parent may do anything to change the girl’s natural hair color or texture in the future.
While many couples can often resolve parental rights issues through mediation, avoiding costly and unpleasant litigation, the total breakdown of communication between some couples leaves only litigation as an option. Some issues may seem insurmountable at times, but with the guidance of family law professionals, even the process of litigation in Texas courtrooms may be less complicated. Regardless of the way parents decide to handle such issues, the best interests of the children should remain the primary consideration.
Source: fashiontimes.com, “Halle Berry Custody Drama Over Daughter’s Hair; Mixed-Race Actress Charging Ex- With Making Daughter Look ‘Less-African American'”, Lucille Barilla, Nov. 25, 2014