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Actor Charlie Sheen requests child support modification

New Jersey residents may be interested in child support case involving Charlie Sheen. The actor has requested a modification to his child support payments to ex-wife Brooke Mueller for the care of their 4-year-old children, Bob and Max. Sheen currently pays Mueller $55,000 per month in child support.

In the request, Sheen stated that he makes over $700,000 per month in income and has the ability to pay any reasonable amount of child support. However, he claimed that any standard formula used to calculate child support would generate a number that exceeds the needs of his children when they are in their mother's care. As it currently stands, they are in the care of Sheen's other ex-wife, Denise Richards. The twin boys were taken from their mother's custody in May when Ms. Mueller had a drug relapsed.

Sheen said that, in addition to the child support, he pays Ms. Richards $55,000 per month for the boys care and pays for their schooling, medical expenses and therapy. He also pays the mortgage on Ms. Mueller's home and gave her a $2 million cash payment at the time of their divorce. He cited former co-star Jon Cryer's similar request as precedent for a modification. Mr. Cryer paid his ex-wife $10,000 per month in child support, but had the payment modified to $8,000 after his wife's arrest on child abuse charges.

It's not uncommon for a child support payer to feel that their payment is too high or inappropriate. Contrarily, a recipient of child support may feel that a payment is insufficient. What may have made sense at the time of divorce may need to be revisited as situations change. A family law attorney could help an individual evaluate their child support situation, determine a more appropriate level of support and present their modification request in court if needed.

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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