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Charlie Sheen to cut child support payments to Brooke Mueller

Published: 1:06PM Thursday July 04, 2013 Source: BANG Showbiz

Charlie Sheen has requested his child support payments to Brooke Mueller be reduced.

The Anger Management star - who is reportedly set to earn between $US75 million and $US200 million ($96.3 million and $256.9 million) if he completes the 100-episode order for the series - doesn't think his ex-wife should get $US55,000 ($70,600) per month while his other ex-wife Denise Richards has temporary custody of his and Brooke's twins, Max and Bob.

A source told gossip website that the 47-year-old actor's attorney, Mark Gross, filed legal documents in court this week "that are asking the judge to reduce the child support payment to Brooke at this time, since she doesn't have custody of the boys and is currently in rehab".

The insider added: "It's a child support modification request. Charlie doesn't want to completely cut her off, and doesn't want to kick her when she is down. However, he doesn't think it's fair that he should pay the entire $55,000."

But sources close to Brooke, 35, have insisted she will fight to maintain her current payment, saying: "(She) is going to absolutely fight Charlie's attempt to reduce the child support. She feels that Charlie just wants the kids taken away from her so he won't have to pay her anymore."

A source close to the Los Angeles County of Department of Children & Family Services previously said the socialite faces "a laundry list of things" she must do if she is to ever regain custody of her four-year-old sons again.

"After Brooke is formally discharged from her rehab facility, she must immediately give her contact information to a drug testing company. She can expect to be randomly drug tested at least twice a week," the insider said.

"If she fails to appear for the drug test, it will be considered a dirty test. She will need to enroll in parenting classes, and successfully complete, and provide proof that she is going to 12-step meetings at least once a week. Her visitation with the twins will be strictly monitored by a social worker. In short, Brooke will have to jump through hoops to get the boys back."

A hearing is set for the end of July in which the judge is expected to extend Denise's temporary guardianship of the twins for at least another six months.