Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez released a very civil-sounding statement to the media, announcing their divorce. Now, things are appearing less than amicable. Halle filed for divorce using aliases; Olivier then filed for divorce using their real names. In California, it matters who is the petitioner (the person who files for divorce first), so there appears to be some tactical maneuvering.
Halle’s attorney filed the divorce paperwork using the names “Hal Maria” (Hal is short for Halle and Maria is Halle’s middle name) filing for divorce from “Oliver Martin.” Even their son, Maceo, was given the alias “Mac Martin.”
Halle reportedly served Olivier by simply handing him the divorce papers, which apparently isn’t legal in California: in California, one party is not allowed to directly serve the other. In her papers, Halle requested that no spousal support be provided and costs of child raising be determined according to the terms of their prenup.
Olivier apparently felt that using aliases wasn’t a bad idea, so his attorney filed papers with him as the petitioner in the divorce case. His papers request that the issue of spousal support be decided at a later date. Both are requesting joint custody of Maceo, but Halle wants Olivier to provide transportation for visits and that he request permission before taking Maceo out of the country.
I’m curious about why it matters who files the petition and what are the implications of that in a divorce. Halle and Olivier had a prenup, so presumably financial issues are settled there, but, like any contract, prenups can be renegotiated. Just ask Bobby Flay ;). Something tells me Halle and Olivier’s divorce isn’t going to be completely smooth sailing. Hopefully the attorneys will be able to reach a settlement son.
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