California has its share of divorce dilemmas. Actor Charlie Sheen says that he has filed a motion to modify the amount of monthly child support that the Superior Court ordered him to pay his third wife from $55,000 to zero. Sheen says that he should not have to pay any child support while his kids are not in her custody and care.
Sheen’s two-year old twins by his third wife currently stay with his second wife, who has two children aged seven and nine, also fathered by Sheen, plus an adopted 22-month-old child. Agents of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services removed the twins from their mother’s home after she entered a residential rehabilitation program for drug abuse and addiction. Sheen’s second wife then accepted temporary custody at the request of the department and with the agreement of his third wife.
Sheen’s argument for his extreme modification request is that the child support order is unnecessary and unfair because his third wife has lost custody. She will not stop her drug abuse and he should not have to pay for her rehabilitation. He has paid for rehab for her several times, to no lasting effect. Whether the court that ordered the $55,000 monthly payments finds his argument persuasive remains to be seen.
It is not unusual for courts to modify child support orders when they make findings of changed circumstances based on reliable evidence. Such changes are ordinarily economic as when either party suffers a severe financial loss or incurs additional, unforeseen or overwhelming expenses. When California parents find that their financial circumstances have changed, an experienced family law attorney may be beneficial in seeking modification for child support payments.
Source: Huffington Post, “Charlie Sheen Wants To Stop Paying Child Support to Brooke Mueller“, July 03, 2013