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Charlie Sheen receives modification of child support

Charlie Sheen has successfully received modification of child support after his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, experienced a drug overdose earlier this year. In Massachusetts, an order for support is eligible for a modification review every three years, or when there is a significant change in the needs of the child/children or the noncustodial parent's income. In this case, modification of the child support for Charlie Sheen's twin sons was prompted by Brook Mueller's drug overdose and then perpetuated by her subsequent stay in a psychiatric facility.

The twin boys have not been in the custody of their mother since May. Immediately thereafter, the boys were under the care and custody of Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen's second wife. Richards was granted temporary custody of the twins while their mother continues to be treated for addiction to prescription drugs.

The monthly stipend that Sheen was paying to Brook Mueller has been cut by more than half of the original payment -- from $55,000 to $25,000. A mediator worked with both Sheen and Mueller's lawyers to come to the current agreement. Ultimately, a judge will decide if the children should be given back to their mother, in which case the full child custody payment will be reinstated.

Modification of child support begins with the initial review in Massachusetts. As in the case of Charlie Sheen and ex-wife Brooke Mueller, extreme circumstances influenced the court's decision for modification. Charlie Sheen could have fought to put an end to all financial support while Mueller is in a drug-treatment facility, but he did not want to injure her ability to regain custody once she has recovered.

Source:, Charlie Sheen slashes child support, No author, Sept. 18, 2013

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