Yesterday, the widely publicized divorce of Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller was finalized, marking the end of their three-year marriage. After months of bitter disputes, the court has granted Mueller a substantial child support award to cover the expenses of raising their two young sons.

According to reports, a judge has ordered Sheen to pay Mueller a hefty $55,000 per month in child support. This award is in addition to a lump sum of $757,698.70 and another $1 million for her share of the former couple’s marital home. The 45-year-old actor will retain the house.

Sheen and Mueller married in May 2008. The marriage has involved a series of domestic violence incidents that have been heavily covered in the media. For example, on Christmas Day in 2009, the actor was arrested after the police responded to a domestic violence call. He later admitted holding a knife to Mueller’s throat and threatening to kill her.

Both Sheen and Mueller have struggled with drug addiction. When Mueller recently had a drug relapse, she went into rehab for treatment. At that time, Sheen sought custody of the two boys. However, a judge refused to grant him custody, stating he made his decision due to “questions of abuse and other inflammatory and emotional issues.” Mueller’s mother helped care for the children during this tumultuous time.

As for custody of the twin boys, the judge ruled that Sheen and Mueller will continue to share custody under the existing agreement. This way, both parents will be able to maintain a strong relationship with the children.

Source: Mail Online, “Brooke Mueller granted $55,000 a month in child support as Charlie Sheen divorce is finalized,” 3 May 2011