Charlie Sheen and soon to be ex-wife Brooke Mueller filed final divorce papers in L.A. Superior Court.  The couple married on May 30, 2008, and are parents to two twins, Bob and Max, born on March 14, 2009.  According to papers filed at the court, Sheen and Mueller have been living apart since December 2009.  According to the divorce papers, Mueller will get a lump sum parting gift of $757,698.70, a 2009 Mercedes and a little more than $1 million for her share of their home, which Charlie gets to keep.  Mueller, who will have primary custody over the couple’s children, will get $55,000 a month in child support.  This figure is based on child support paid by Charlie to Denise Richards for Sam and Lola, as a clause in Sheen and Mueller’s divorce settlement states that “under no circumstances shall the child support paid by Charlie for Bob and Max be less than the child support paid by Charlie to Denise Richards for Sam and Lola.”  Under California law, they should be divorced in six months.  Full article: USA Today.

Child support is financial support provided by the noncustodial parent. Child support includes, cash payments based on the parent’s income and the needs of the child, health insurance for the child, payments for child care, and payments for reasonable health care costs that are not covered by health insurance.  A Family Court judge will determine the amount of child support the noncustodial parent will pay.  This amount is based on the noncustodial parent’s adjusted gross income and on the number of children involved.  Adjusted gross income is gross income less certain deductions including Medicare, Social Security, and New York City or Yonkers tax.  The court then multiplies the adjusted gross income by the standard guideline percentage for the number of children (17% for one child; 25% for two children; 29% for three children; 31% for four children; at least 35% for five or more children).  Under New York State law, parents are responsible for supporting their child until the child is 21 years old.

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