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Celebrity Outcomes Serve to Educate, Highlight Family Law Issues

It is certainly hard to keep Charlie Sheen off the airwaves, even with the cancellation of his popular television show. And although a legal blog focused on providing important family law information across a wide spectrum to clients and would-be clients might be accused of giving in a bit to celebrity fodder when it discusses Sheen, we don't view it that way.

Frankly, celebrities sometimes perform a public service when their trials and tribulations become media grist for the public. Just within the past year, the travails of many actors, singers and other well-known personalities - e.g., Courtney Cox, Christina Aguilera, Frank and Jamie McCourt of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kelsey Grammer and, of course, Sheen - have served an educative function by highlighting family law matters important to many people, such as high-asset divorce; child custody and support; spousal maintenance; property division; and prenuptial agreements.

Sheen's case is instructive and not materially different from many child custody disputes that arise between estranged couples. Brooke Mueller, Sheen's ex, recently told police that she feared for her safety and that of the couple's twin sons. Based on that, a court granted her a restraining order against Sheen. The underlying allegations contained in that order also resulted in a court order for police to remove the boys from Sheen's home, where they were temporarily spending time with him pursuant to a previously agreed-upon custody arrangement between the couple. They left the home this past Tuesday.

If the matter cannot be resolved outside of court, the couple must attend a custody hearing scheduled for March 22.

Related Resource: "Sheen's sons removed from home by court order" March 2, 2011

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