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Charlie Sheen asks for child support reduction

Massachusetts celebrity news readers may already be aware that Charlie Sheen has filed papers in court asking that his child support order be modified while his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller is in a drug rehabilitation facility. At present, the couple's twin boys are in the custody of Sheen's other ex-wife, Denise Richards. Sheen doesn't feel that he should have to continue to make his current child support payments to Mueller unless and until the situation is resolved.

According to reports, Sheen currently pays Mueller $55,000 a month. He is not asking the court to suspend child support payments all together since he does not want to make matters even worse for his ex-wife. He even offered to pay Richards, with whom Sheen has two daughters, while she is taking care of the twin boys.

It may take some time before the boys are given back to Mueller. In order to regain custody, she will have to finish her drug rehab, attend parenting classes and submit to random drug tests at least twice a week. In the meantime, Mueller is fighting the modification. She believes that Sheen doesn't want to pay child support any longer and is trying to keep the children away from her.

Children around the country and in Massachusetts are taken away from a custodial parent for reasons such as drug use every day. Is it fair for the state to require the noncustodial parent to continue to pay child support to the custodial parent? The answer to that question may need to be determined on a case-by-case basis. For this reason, anyone in a position similar to Charlie Sheen's may benefit from asking the court for a modification.

Source: examiner.com, "Charlie Sheen files request to reduce Brooke Mueller's child support payments," Mary Perryman, July 3, 2013

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