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An interesting issue involving child visitation was illustrated in a news story reported by TMZ this week. According to TMZ and other news sources, Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry was back in court this week with her lawyers to settle a child visitation issue with model Gabriel Aubry, her former lover and the father of their three year old child. The issue reportedly involved how much visitation Mr. Aubry can have with their child while Ms. Berry is away filming movies.
Although you may not be a movie star, a similar issue can arise following your separation or divorce, too. For instance, if you have primary physical custody, but you have a job which sometimes takes you out of town, your ex may seek additional visitation rights. In other words, your ex may seek, in a divorce modification action, additional child visitation rights, (or may even seek a change as to child custody). Generally, your ex's argument will be that having the child stay with a parent, (while you are away), is preferable to the child staying with other relatives or in daycare.
Of course, every family law case is different. In short, if this issue arises in your case, you should consult with your divorce lawyer as soon as possible. According to TMZ, Ms. Berry reportedly came out of this hearing pretty good, and you may come out okay, too!