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Sheen pursues child support decree changes

North Carolina residents who are divorced and paying or receiving child support may be interested in the recent request by Charlie Sheen to amend his child support decree. The former "Two and a Half Men" star filed his modification request on July 10, in which he asked the court to allow him to stop paying $55,000 per month of child support to his ex-wife and mother of two of his children, Brooke Mueller. He asserted that the amount of support he pays is excessive considering the children are no longer in Mueller's care regardless of the fact that his considerable take-home income allows him to comfortably pay any "reasonable" amount.

Social services removed Sheen and Mueller's twin boys from her care after a drug relapse that landed her first in the hospital and eventually in rehab. The two boys were then placed with Denise Richards, another of Sheen's ex-wives who also is the mother of two of his other children. She receives $55,000 monthly in child support from Sheen as well.

Sheen has stated that he pays a considerable amount of money on top of child support payments to cover the expenses of Mueller and his children, including mortgage payments on Mueller's residence as well as educational and medical expenses for the two boys. Further, the actor gave his ex-wife $2 million dollars at the time of their divorce. He has requested that the judges in his case look at the special circumstances and exercise "considerable discretion."

Child support is often required to ensure that children are cared for properly, but if circumstances change, it may not always be justified. A family law lawyer could assist individuals seeking to modify their divorce decrees, which include child support payment stipulations, by demonstrating that extenuating circumstances warrant the requested adjustment.

Source: NY Daily News, "Charlie Sheen makes legal move to stop paying ex Brooke Mueller $55K a month in child support", Nancy Dillon, July 11, 2013

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