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Bizarre behavior can have real costs in child custody disputes

| Mar 2, 2011 | Child Custody

It sometimes seems as if every day brings a new chapter in the increasingly bizarre, extraordinarily public story of actor Charlie Sheen. He says he’s tired of pretending he’s not a “rock star from Mars”; that he now lives with two women (“the goddesses”); that his “partying” is “epic”; and that he is himself a drug so powerful that if you were to get high on Charlie, “your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”

It’s interesting to note that Sheen mentions weeping children in that last statement. Lost in all the crazy comments from the star of “Two and a Half Men” over the past week or so is the fact that he shares custody of his twin sons with his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller.

Or he did until yesterday when his soon-to-be ex-wife obtained a restraining order and with the help of the Los Angeles police department, took custody of the children.

According to various media reports, Sheen allegedly threatened violence against Mueller. ABC News says a Web site reported that Mueller claims Sheen threatened to cut her head off and mail it in a box to her mother.

Sheen rejected the claim on a morning TV program, saying “at this moment on live television, I do not know where my children are but I’m not panicking.”

While the actor’s antics have had the country chuckling and shaking its collective head, it’s very possible that his outrageous comments and actions are going to cause him difficulty in maintaining the custody arrangement he and Mueller recently agreed to. In that parenting agreement, he’s to share custody, having the young boys a couple of days each week.

Sheen will have no one but himself to blame if his antics have a negative impact on future hearings or negotiations on child custody. 

Resource: ABC News: “Charlie Sheen: LAPD Remove Actor’s Twin Boys From His Home”: March 2, 2011

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