Thursday, July 18, 2013

Celebrity Support Woes.

Charlie Sheen is trying to reduce his child support payments to ex-wife Brook Mueller. Mueller and Sheen’s four year old twins were taken from Mueller by social workers in early May and placed with Sheen's other ex-wife, Denise Richards. Richards is expected to extend the temporary custody another six months while Mueller completes her rehab program and completes the necessary classes to regain custody.

Sheen currently pays Mueller $55,000 per month in child support for the twins and $30,000 per month in mortgage, taxes and insurance payments for the house that the twins and Mueller live in. Sheen requests a reduction in child support since the twins are not in Mueller’s custody. Sheen is a high earner at $739,075 per month, and he already pays the twins’ school and medical expenses and therapy. Sheen argues that Mueller has no expenses for the children at this time since he is covering all the expenses and she does not have custody of them.

There may be authority for Sheen’s argument and he cites the case involving his former co-star, Jon Cryer who made a similar request in 2009 when his ex-wife was arrested for allegations of abuse and the court reduced her visitation to monitored visitation. Cryer was able to reduce the child support from $10,000 to $8,000 per month.

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