On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Monday, July 15, 2013.
Illinois residents who follow celebrity news may have heard that television star Charlie Sheen has filed a modification request to change the amount of child support that he pays to his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. According to the actor, he pays Mueller $55,000 in child support monthly even though she has not had their two children in her care since May.
Mueller reportedly had their 4-year-old twin boys taken from her care by social workers in early May. Since then, she was taken to the hospital for a drug relapse and is still in rehab. The twins are in the care of Sheen’s other ex-wife, Denise Richards, who is also the mother of his other two children.
Sheen has admitted to making more than $739,000 each month. While he is a high-income earner, he argues that the typical income formula used in divorce cases would far exceed the needs of his children. In addition to the $55,000 that he pays to Mueller, he also takes care of all schooling, medical and any therapy expenses for his twin boys. He also pays the mortgage on the home that Mueller was living in with the boys.
Sheen’s ex-“Two and a Half Men” costar John Cryer was able to have his child support reduced after his ex-wife was taken into custody for alleged child abuse. Since Mueller is no longer caring for Sheen’s kids, he is seeking to have his child support reduced too.
When an Illinois couple decides to get divorced, determining child custody and child support can be emotional. A family law attorney may be able to help parents determine what is best for their children. The attorney may attempt to negotiate a solution that works for everyone or represent one parent before the court at a child support or custody hearing.
Source: New York Daily News, “Charlie Sheen makes legal move to stop paying ex Brooke Mueller $55K a month a month in child support“, Nancy Dillon, July 11, 2013