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HipHollywood has learned that it is not illegal to file a divorce petition under an alias, as long as a judge approves it.

As previously reported, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez both filed divorce petitions under fake names; Halle filed under Hal Maria and Olivier under Oliver Martin. But we can confirm that this is common, especially when dealing with children.

“In a highly public case, the reason for filing under an alias is understandable, and in a family law case in particular, which this is, a judge may grant permission in order to protect the children. And of course, he may not want the publicity himself,” attorney Mitra Ahouraian of Ahouraian Law tells HipHollywood.

It’s also been reported that Berry did not properly serve her husband of two years. According to TMZ, the Extant actress gave Martinez the papers herself, which drew the questioned: Does it count? “Under the federal rules (federal law), the person serving the lawsuit can’t be a party to the lawsuit,” Ahouraian tells us.

“So if a plaintiff or defendant personally serves the other, that person is not considered properly served and doesn’t have to respond. But the fact that he filed a suit himself for the same issue means he’s agreed to have the matter decided by the courts. In other words, he doesn’t need to be served again.”

Halle filed on Monday and Olivier filed on Tuesday, but we are told that most likely a judge will “combine the 2 cases as being related (or really, the same), and decide on them together.” So really, it doesn’t matter who is divorcing whom.

According to reports, the couple will plan on sharing custody of their 2-year-old son, Maceo, who in Halle’s petition went by the name, Mac Martin.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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