Many Utah mothers might agree that raising children alone after a divorce can be challenging. A single mother also taking on child custody of her ex’s children from his second marriage could prove too much. Denise Richards finally reached this point with Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller’s twin boys, whom she has had temporary custody of for some time.

The arrangement came about because Mueller entered a rehabilitation program for substance abuse. Sheen is not able to take care of the twins on his own, and Richards came forward to help. During Mueller’s time in the program, Denise Richards, Sheen’s first wife, agreed to take care of the twins as their temporary guardian until Mueller was ready to resume her role as a full-time mother.

This changed recently when Richards reported that Mueller’s boys had become violent and were lashing out toward her and Sheen’s two daughters. In an attempt to help the boys, Richards tried to arrange for them to meet with a professional counselor. Mueller allegedly blocked this action. Richards then requested that she be removed as temporary legal guardian of the boys. That temporary guardianship now lands on the shoulders of Mueller’s brother, Scott, who was willing to take on the responsibility after Richards bowed out.

Utah parents may know the difference between being forced to give up child custody and willingly giving up custody. Many parents likely agree that giving up custody is normally not an option. Unfortunately, for some parents that may be the best option to ensure that the safety and welfare of the children are protected. If one or both parents become aware that they are not able to properly care for their children for one reason or another, the court has the authority to assign temporary custody to another party if they believe it is in the children’s best interest.

Source:, Brooke Mueller’s brother awarded guardianship over Charlie Sheen’s twin sons after Denise Richards gives up custody, Nancy Dillon and Rachel Maresca, Nov. 8, 2013

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