It is important that children are kept safe when deciding guardianship arrangements. Courts are obligated by law to put the best interests of children first when deciding how to deal with living arrangements for children in Florida or in any other state. This is what the court attempted to accomplish when it recently dealt with a guardianship case involving the twin sons of celebrity actor Charlie Sheen.
The twin boys had previously been in the custody of actress Denise Richards. However, the boys were experiencing some behavioral problems that included violence toward Richards’ daughters. She claimed that the twins had kicked and punched her daughters on several occasions. An uncle, Scott Mueller, was then named as a temporary legal guardian over the boys in a court hearing in early November.
Scott Mueller is the brother of Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller and also has two young children of his own. Scott agreed to stay in Brooke’s home, which is located in the same gated community where Richards and Sheen reside. However, reports are unclear as to whether Brooke will also be living in the same home as the boys and their uncle on a full-time basis. Richards claims that Brooke had blocked her attempt to obtain psychological help for the violent behavior exhibited by the twin boys.
This case illustrates just one example of how guardianship of a child can be granted to a person who is not a biological parent of the child. However, many times when deciding on guardianship, issues can cause conflict between family members who disagree on the best way to care for the child in question. When this happens in Florida, or in any other state, the opposing parties often litigate in front of a judge.