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Charlie Sheen seeks return of child support payments

No one disputes that children should be cared for financially after a divorce. Child support is designed to help pay for food, clothing, school activities and other necessary expenses involving the child. However, in some cases, child support payments are the source of bitter debate between parents.

That is what is currently happening with Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Brooke Mueller. Although Sheen and Mueller's legal battles are taking place in California, this type of child support dispute could just as easily happen in Georgia or any other state.

Sheen and Mueller separated in December 2009, when the 45-year-old actor was arrested in Aspen, Colorado, after reportedly assaulting Mueller during a Christmas Day argument. Last year, Sheen ultimately pleaded guilty to the assault charge. He was ordered to spend 30 days in drug and alcohol rehab.

Recently, Sheen and Mueller's nearly two-year-old twin sons were living with Sheen. Mueller later decided she wanted to regain custody of the boys. She sought a court order to keep Sheen away from her and the children, claiming that he verbally and physically threatened her. A California judge granted a temporary restraining order, preventing the "Two and a Half Men" star from coming within 100 yards of his former wife and their twins.

The judge ruled that the children would stay with Mueller while the restraining order was in effect. Reports indicate that Sheen handed the boys over as ordered.

According to news reports, now that production of Sheen's sitcom has been shut down, and he is no longer receiving his $1.2 million-per-episode paycheck, the actor is asking for the $20,000 he pays in child support back.

As the legal battles between Sheen and Mueller continue to unfold, we will likely see further developments in the case.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com, "Charlie Sheen Seeks Reimbursement of Child Support After Losing TV Salary," Lindsay Powers, 2 March 2011

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