Charlie Sheen reaches divorce deal with estranged wife
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Troubled actor Charlie Sheen and his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, have reached a divorce settlement to end their brief marriage that collapsed after the television star assaulted his spouse with a knife,
Terms of the deal were revealed in court documents made public on Thursday by the celebrity website TMZ.com.
News of the agreement comes about two weeks after Sheen entered rehab following a reported 36-hour binge of drug and alcohol abuse, forcing production to be halted on his top-rated CBS television comedy, "Two and a Half Men."
Under terms of the settlement, which TMZ said was filed on Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Mueller will gain primary physical custody of the couple's twin 2-year-old sons, Bob and Max, and Sheen will pay child support of $55,000 a month.
Sheen, 45, best known as the star of "Two and a Half Men," and Mueller, 33, his third wife, have been separated since December 2009, when Sheen was arrested in the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado, on charges of pulling a knife on her during a drunken Christmas Day argument.
He pleaded guilty in August 2010 to assaulting Mueller and was ordered to serve 30 days in drug and alcohol rehab in California and placed on probation for three months.
The divorce agreement provides no ongoing spousal support for Mueller, but Sheen must pay her a one-time lump sum of more than $757,000, plus $1.25 million for her share of their primary home, which he get gets to keep.
The agreement also stipulates that under no circumstances shall Sheen's support for sons Bob and Max fall below the amount he already pays to his second wife, actress Denise Richards, with whom he split in 2006, to support their two children.
Under California law, a divorce decree cannot be granted until at least six months after court documents seeking to dissolve a marriage are filed.
Sheen originally filed for divorce on November 1, meaning his marriage to Mueller would officially end on May 2, just weeks shy of what would have been their third wedding anniversary.
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
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