Ending a marriage is never easy, but it can be even more difficult when children are involved. When you are fighting for child custody in Los Angeles, it is natural to get frustrated and mad. That being said, showing your anger publicly—whether by posting hostile comments on social media sites or going on a verbal tirade—is not only emotionally draining for everyone involved, but it can also work against you in family court.
Ever since the couple ended their relationship in 2010, Charlie Sheen and Brook Mueller have been in a contentious custody battle. Most recently, Mueller filed for a restraining order against Sheen, feeling threatened after the actor ranted about her during an media interview. Among other things, he claimed he would “exercise every resource” to prevent her for gaining custody of their 4-year-old twins. A judge denied her request. To make the situation more complicated, Sheen’s other exe has been caring for the twins while Mueller was in rehab. She wrote a letter to Los Angeles DCFS stating that the children are violent and out of control; behavior which she blames on Mueller. A photograph of one of the children with a mark on his face was included with the letter. It is alleged that the child received the injury while in the care of Mueller.
While the outcome of this case remains to be seen, one thing is clear: everyone is a victim. Those who are involved in custody disputes are encouraged to do so quietly. This doesn’t mean that you should acquiesce to threats made by an outspoken or aggressive ex or not take allegations of abuse seriously. Rather, it is best to seek the help of a family law attorney before you say something that could hurt your own chances of gaining custody.