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Judge orders Charlie Sheen to keep quiet about custody case

19319035_s.jpgChild custody battles are serious matters and they should not be a form of entertainment, but try telling that to the entertainment news media as it chronicles the dispute between Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Brooke Mueller.

While this complicated child custody case continues to play out in the public eye, Illinois residents may be able to learn a thing or two from the case.

Sheen and Mueller are the parents of 4-year-old twin boys. Recently, the twins were living with another of Sheen's ex-wives, Denise Richards, who became their court-appointed guardian after Mueller's residence was deemed dangerous.

Mueller later entered rehabilitation for substance abuse. 

Mueller is out of rehab now and an ongoing child custody dispute between Mueller and Sheen is getting ugly. Sheen has publicly bashed Mueller, a judge, and the department of children  and family services. Allegations of abuse have also been directed at many of the parties involved.

A judge has since warned Sheen not to talk publicly about the case.

As this case continues to unfold, it should remind fathers to handle their custody cases outside of the spotlight. When fighting for child custody in Illinois, the court's job is to determine where the child's best interests reside. When a father lets his emotions get the best of him and decides to use public platforms - like Facebook or Twitter - to insult and shame the mother, this may reflect poorly on the father.

Child custody cases are very emotional and the stakes are high, but it is important for parties to such cases to maintain civility. Trash talking is tempting during a child custody dispute, but it does not help a parent build his or her case and it should typically be avoided. 

Source: New York Daily News, "Charlie Sheen's son appears injured in newly released photos as actor gets hit with restraining order from Brooke Mueller," Chiderah Monde and Nancy Dillon, Nov. 7, 2013

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