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Charlie Sheen asked to discontinue support to ex-wife

Illinois residents may be interested to hear that Charlie Sheen initiated proceedings to modify the amount of child support that he was ordered to pay his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. Mueller was previously awarded $55,000 per month for the 4-year-old twin boys she had with Sheen. However, the children haven't lived with their mother since May.

Sheen admitted that his income of more than $739,000 per month was sufficient to pay reasonable child support. He also agreed to continue paying $30,000 per month for the mortgage, insurance and taxes on Mueller's home, plus additional amounts for his children's school, therapy and medical bills. The issue is that the children were removed from their mother's care.

In May, Mueller entered rehabilitation for drug treatment. She remained hospitalized for several months. The children were taken at that time and placed with Sheen's other ex-wife, actress Denise Richards, the mother of Sheen's two daughters. The girls lived with Richards, who was also awarded $55,000 per month in child support. However, Mueller continued to receive large monthly child support payments despite having no expenses for her children.

Illinois law allows a parent to modify a child support order where there has been a significant change since the original order was entered. That may mean that the custodial parent has seen an increase in expenses or a decrease in income. It may mean that the non-custodial parent's income has increased, or that the parents have agreed to a different time-sharing arrangement. Whatever the reason, a local family law attorney may be able to assist with negotiating an agreed change to child support orders. If necessary, an attorney may be able to file paperwork in an effort to go to court and obtain the desired change.

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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