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Child custody battle over for Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller

For awhile, Charlie Sheen and his bizarre conversation topics made their ways into almost every household. People talked about warlocks, winning and alcoholic escapades. Eventually, his family life also made it into the media in Washington and throughout the country.

Sheen and his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, got into a custody battle over their twin toddler boys. At a glance, many people may question the parenting skills either brings to the table. However, their custody battle finally came to a close, with Mueller receiving primary custody of the two boys.

In any child custody hearing, the primary focus of the court is protecting the best interests of the children. Certain behaviors - such as domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or an unstable home life - can count as strikes against a parent. Although neither Sheen nor Mueller has a clean record in that regard, the court considered the skills each parent offered.

Mueller is returning to drug rehab, and her mother will be able to take care of the boys while she is in treatment. Sheen is known to abuse drugs and alcohol, and he has a history of violence and threats of violence.

Court records state that during a recent family vacation, Sheen allegedly punched Mueller, "threatened to stab her with a pen knife and spit on her feet." The records also state that he violently hated his ex-wife, Denise Richards, and that "he was going to have her hair shaved off."

Sheen's violent tendencies seem to be one of the biggest reasons Mueller received custody. Deciding who would get custody was surely a tough decision for the court, but ultimately, they need to focus on which parent will be most able to provide the home the boys need.

Source: ABC News, "Charlie Sheen Loses Custody Battle: Report," Sheila Marikar, 19 April 2011

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