Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards have been in the news again recently, but for reasons that may be somewhat unexpected. Sheen and Richards have teamed up to decide what is best for his and Brooke Mueller’s 3-year-old twin boys. It’s reported that Richards has been granted temporary custody of the young boys while their mother is being treated for addiction. The twins were recently taken away from her care by the Department of Children and Family Services.
The case is an example of the wide range of child custody issues that can arise while raising children. Child custody issues and visitation rights are generally thought of in the context of a divorce, but that is not always the case. Disputes can arise between unmarried parents or well after a divorce has been finalized. Due to the long-term consequences of custody decisions, it is always advisable to seek the guidance of a Worchester family law attorney.
When disputes over child custody and visitation arise, courts are often called upon to make a final decision. In that case, Massachusetts courts always look to the child’s best interests. What is in a child’s best interests depends on a variety of factors. It also varies between cases.
The health and well-being of children is always a main factor in determining what is in their best interests. The end goal is to make decisions that promote a child’s happiness and security, as well as their physical and mental health. The decisions made in the course of a child custody case may affect a child’s development for years to come. An experienced family law attorney can help to secure the best outcome for both the children and parents involved in a child custody case.
Source: E! News, “Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards meet in court amid Brooke Mueller child custody case,” Brett Malec, May 7, 2013