September 29, 2011

Melissa Etheridge Custody Battle

Posted in Celebrity Child Support, Custody tagged at 2:02 pm by demetriagraves

Singer Melissa Etheridge and her ex-partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, are currently battling over custody of their twins, division of property, visitation rights plus child and spousal support. The Grammy-winning Etheridge, 50, and Michaels, 36, were together nine years before their breakup last year. Michaels gave birth to the couple’s four-year-old twins, son Miller and daughter Rose, using an anonymous sperm donor. Among other disputes, Etheridge is reportedly claiming that the couple’s marriage vows in 2003 were non-binding and that they were never married.
In separate filings to end their California domestic partnership, each claim “irreconcilable differences.” Etheridge is asking the court for joint custody of the couple’s twins. Michaels,  says she wants full custody of the children with visitation rights for Etheridge.
Michaels has previously claimed that Etheridge left her and their children penniless, allegations Etheridge has denied.
Michaels, said on her blog that she gave up an acting career in 2001 to care for the children. She has filed for a dissolution of marriage, rather than domestic partnership, believing she is more likely to prevail in her claim for spousal supports if the court views their relationship as a marriage.

April 22, 2011

Charlie Sheen Custody Case

Posted in Custody tagged , at 9:24 am by demetriagraves

Charlie Sheen has lost his battle to get custody of his two-year-old sons Bob and Max. A Los Angeles judge ruled that the actor’s estranged wife Brooke Mueller should maintain legal and physical custody of the twin boys, despite a rumored drug relapse. Sheen had been seeking temporary custody of the boys following reports that Mueller had returned to rehab after a week of alleged substance abuse. Apparently Mueller refused to take a drug test recently. As part of their previous custody arrangement, Sheen and Mueller had agreed to be drug tested randomly three times a month. While Mueller undergoes drug treatment at an undisclosed rehab facility, her mother Moira Fiore, will provide primary care for the boys.

Sheen left court flanked by security and immediately headed to Washington, DC, for a performance of his Violent Torpedo of Truth stage show. Attorneys for both sides refused to divulge details of the hearing.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hank Goldberg had earlier sealed the hearing at the request of Mueller’s attorney, saying it was ‘in the best interest of the children’ because of ‘questions of abuse and other inflammatory and emotional issues.’ The judge was aware that Mueller had relapsed into drug use but was equally disturbed by Sheen’s past substance abuse and the fact that he bragged about it. The judge ruled that they will continue to share custody under their existing agreement.