Unless you have been living under a rock, you might have heard all the publicity surrounding the halting of production of “Two and a Half Men,” child custody and visitation issues surrounding Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller and the most recent Los Angeles County restraining order filed by Brooke against Charlie.
In the documents in support of Brooke’s request for a temporary restraining order, she asserts that Charlie told her that he wants the $20,000 per month he pays in child support paid back to him. Afterall, Charlie is no longer receiving the $1.2 million per episode paycheck now that he burned his bridges with the creator of the show.
From an Orange County child support attorney’s perspective, the obligor/payor cannot simply request that the funds be paid back to him. The formal way to do same would be to file an Order to Show Cause for a modification of child support. That way, the obligor will have an opportunity to obtain retroactivity to the date of the filing of the Order to Show Cause pending the hearing. By filing the appropriate legal paperwork, the moving party can set forth the facts that warrant a reduction in child support (i.e loss of income).
Given the rumors that John Stamos will likely be replacing Charlie Sheen’s character on “Two and Half Men”, it looks like Charlie may be out of a job, for now. If that is the case, it would not be a bad idea for Charlie to file a request for a downward modification in child support. Only time will tell.
For more information on how to modify an existing child support order, contact an Orange County child support attorney for more information.