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Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez announce plans to divorce

Movie fans in Pennsylvania may be saddened to learn that Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez have announced that they are divorcing. Berry has starred in Hollywood blockbusters such as 'Swordfish ' and 'Cloud Atlas," and she won an Academy Award in 2001 for her work in 'Monster's Ball." Martinez is most widely known for his performance alongside Richard Gere in the 2002 film 'Unfaithful."

The couple announced their intentions in a joint statement. The two said that they remained committed to each other and would continue to put the best interests of their son first. Berry will likely seek to avoid the kind of bitter custody battle that she experienced with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry. This will be the first divorce for Martinez and the third for Berry. The award-winning actress had previously been married to singer Eric Benet and baseball star David Justice.

Berry and Martinez met while working on the action thriller 'Dark Tide." The film was panned by critics, but the couple's romance blossomed. Berry announced that she was having a child with Martinez in April 2013, and the couple wed three months later in a private ceremony in France. They are no strangers to controversy, and a lawsuit was brought against Martinez in January 2015 by a Los Angeles airport worker who claims to have been shoved by the actor.

The decision to end a marriage is rarely made lightly, and couples frequently vow to keep matters amicable and remain calm as they go through the process. However, issues such as property division, spousal support and child custody often become contentious, and good intentions are sometimes sacrificed as negotiations become heated. Experienced family law attorneys may seek to help their clients to avoid this pitfall by explaining how protracted legal battles can be ruinous and provide no guarantees of a successful outcome.

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