It seems the public can’t get enough of Charlie Sheen these days. Every day seems to be another media interview, re-publication of alleged text messages, or re-publication of tweets that Charlie has supposedly sent out. It is almost as though Charlie, having attacked CBS and those associated with his long running and highly successful sitcom “Two and a Half Men”, has used the dispute to promote himself, and his “lifestyle” in a rather odd way. While one could speculate that there are any number of causes to Sheen’s latest public ramblings, the problems now seem to have become more personal in nature. Yesterday, Sheen’s estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, petitioned the family law court for an order granting her sole custody of the couples’ two year old twin boys. Last week, the order was effectuated with the boys being removed from Sheen’s home and placed with Mueller.
However, there is more to the story. The custody order was based, in part, upon a threat that Mueller alleges Sheen made toward her, coupled with Mueller’s concern over the environment in Sheen’s home that they boys are exposed to. Family law judges are supposed to protect what is commonly referred to as the “best interests” of the children. In this case, however, there is an unusual twist: it appears the Mueller herself isn’t exactly in the best shape herself to parent the children. Mueller’s lawyer admitted to the court yesterday that she is currently in rehab, and that she, herself, will only see the children for four hours per day. Her mother is going to care for the children while they are in Mueller’s exclusive custody.
This raises an interesting question from a Family Law Court’s point of view. We have two children who are only two years old. They have now been removed from their father’s custody and placed in their mother’s custody, but their mother is not actually around to care for them because she, herself, is in rehabilitation. As a result, the maternal grandmother is now caring for the children. Is this consistent with the children’s best interest? And, in this never-ending saga, what do we know, if anything, about the maternal grandmother and her fitness to parent these children?
“Best interests” is a term we are all familiar with.
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