Halle Berry is in custody hell -- but on Thursday, Nov. 29, the Cloud Atlas actress, 46, put aside the drama to spend some time with daughter Nahla, 4.

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Wearing an oversized poncho, jeans, a cap, and sunglasses -- despite the uncharacteristically grey California weather -- the star kept her little girl close as they stepped out in Los Angeles. Nahla, clad in a brown and pink raincoat, kept pace with her mom and carried a big, colorful picture book.

No doubt the story in that book is a happier one than the tot is living with her parents at the moment. Berry and her ex, French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, both want what's best for their little girl -- but they disagree on what exactly that is.

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Earlier this month, the Oscar-winning actress lost a court petition to move full-time with her daughter and her fiance, actor Olivier Martinez, to Martinez's native France. That decision -- plus ongoing tensions between her current and former beaus -- culminated in a violent brawl at Berry's home on Thanksgiving, which led to even more legal woes (including restraining orders against both Aubry and Martinez).

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"They keep playing this game and Nahla is used as a pawn," a confidante says in the new issue of Us Weekly, out now. "It's her I feel sorry for."

Says another source of the soft-spoken preschooler's mom: "All [Halle] wants is a normal family life."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: PICTURE: Halle Berry Steps Out With Daughter Nahla Amid Bitter Custody Battle