Even as he embarked on one of the stranger high-profile celebrity media blitzes in recent memory Charlie Sheen, it now seems, was moving forward with a far more conventional Southern California child custody agreement with his third ex-wife, Brooke Mueller.
My colleague Winiviere Sy noted in a February blog post, the Sheen-Mueller divorce was finalized earlier this year. As we have discussed in this space on several previous occasions, however, the formal dissolution of a marriage does not necessarily mean that all outstanding financial and custody issues have been resolved. California law allows judges to end a marriage even as negotiations over a final settlement continue.
According to a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, the couple’s Los Angeles child custody issues have now been wrapped-up. The paper quotes a statement issued by attorneys for both Sheen and Mueller saying the pair have “reached an agreement that resolves their differences.” No details of the agreement were released, but its existence moots a court hearing that was scheduled to take place tomorrow. That hearing was originally triggered a week earlier when Mueller obtained a restraining order against the actor after a trip she made with him and two other women to the Bahamas ended badly.
As Contactmusic noted in reporting the incident, the restraining order “effectively stripped the actor of all custody rights concerning the couple’s children.” The couple have two-year old twin boys. The stormy end of Sheen’s marriage to Mueller had already led to his loss of most custody rights and curtailed visitation with the daughters he had with his second wide, the actress Denise Richards.
As an Orange County divorce lawyer, the striking thing Charlie Sheen’s messy personal life demonstrates for the rest of us is how important it is to have competent, detail-oriented legal help when pursuing any Los Angeles or Orange County family law matter. Sheen’s case is uniquely high-profile, but one need not be a celebrity or have one’s personal life dissected on television to find that many family law actions – dissolution of the marriage, a financial settlement, child custody – are simultaneously in progress, all of them at different stages of resolution. Resolving these problems in a way that preserves your rights is an Orange County family law attorney’s most important job.
Contactmusic: Brooke Mueller Agrees Custody Deal with Charlie Sheen
Hollywood Reporter: Charlie Sheen, Brooke Mueller Reach Custody Agreement