Charlie Sheen resolves complex child support dispute — for now

Celebrities have the kind of public exposure many Birmingham residents can’t relate to. Yet stars experience family-related issues that are familiar to private citizens. Charlie Sheen’s ongoing dispute with his ex-wife is one example that provides insight into common family law issues. According to reports, Sheen recently lowered his child support obligation to his ex-wife. Under the old court-ordered child support arrangement, the actor paid $55,000 per month to his former spouse. Now, those monthly payments have been reduced by more than half. This agreement was reached out of court. Sheen has been attempting to reduce his child support obligations because his children don’t live with his ex-wife. In fact, the kids are currently living with his other ex-wife, Denise Richards, with whom he has an amicable relationship. Family law observers noted that Sheen could have gone to court to have his payments eliminated, but chose to mediate a deal … Continue reading Charlie Sheen resolves complex child support dispute — for now

What considerations are made in military divorces?

Any number of reasons can influence a person’s decision to file for divorce. Whatever the reason, spouses can reach a point when they both realize that splitting up is in their best interests. One group that has been particularly affected by divorce over the last decade or so is military families. According to a study recently released in “Journal of Population Economics,” couples impacted by military deployment are more likely to get divorce. In fact, the chances for divorce increase with each additional month of active duty. One of the contributors to the study pointed out that divorce among military families has been especially prevalent over the last decade. Those who enlisted in the military prior to action in Middle East may not have expected the frequency and length of deployments, which can contribute to the decision to divorce. Although military couples take same basic legal steps to complete a … Continue reading What considerations are made in military divorces?