Charlie Sheen Wants to Buy Homes for His Exes, But Why Hasn't His House With Brooke Mueller Sold?
That means selling the house he shared with Mueller. They put their 4,179-square-foot Mediterranean-style marital home on the market for $3.697 million, and the price has now dropped to $3.55 million.
While rumors have circulated about whether Mueller and Sheen have been spending time together, it's clear that he wants to remain close to the women in his life.
In most circumstances, having kids of divorce living nearby both parents is in the best interests of the children, say some family law attorneys who spoke with our friends at AOL Real Estate.
"When you have small children in elementary school, the closer they live to each parent the easier it is on the children," says marital and family law attorney Roberta Stanley, a partner at Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Sheen, a 45-year-old dad to two daughters with Richards (Sam, 5, and Lola, 4) and twin boys with Mueller
(Max and Bob who will turn 2 in March), is "willing to front the costs of the two houses, plus whatever moving expenses the women incur."
After Sheen and Mueller split in 2009, they put their 4,179-square-foot Mediterranean-style marital home on the market for $3.697 million, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The price of the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home has since dropped to $3.55 million. It is currently listed with Marty Trugman of Coldwell Banker.
Even though Sheen can't yet seem to unload the 1927-built home, it seems he'd still rather move his exes close to him than into that home. Perhaps that says a lot about his love for his children.
For divorced parents who live near each other, "visitations are a lot more feasible and manageable, and the participation of the children and their parents in school and community activities can also be managed more effectively," says Decatur, Ga.-based psychotherapist Dr. Joyce Morley. "[However], if divorced parents are going to effectively maintain residences in close proximity of each other, for the sake of their children, they must have resolved their anger, internal pain, hurt, and practice forgiveness for and with each other." If not, she says, close living arrangements will be more of a liability for the children than an asset.
If Sheen's exes don't harbor resentment over his shenanigans and choose to bow to his request, his obligation shouldn't end with a purchase and moving expenses, says Stanley. After all, there's a lot of maintenance and property taxes to consider on a larger home that might not fit the budget of these women, but could more easily be afforded by this 'Two and a Half Men' TV star. He makes $1.25 million per episode for the CBS sitcom that went on a brief hiatus after Sheen was hospitalized in January and reportedly began undergoing home rehab following the Jan. 27 party incident where he was carried out of his Los Angeles home on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. The show's production is set to resume Feb. 28.
"There will need to be some agreement where he has some obligation to pay for repairs, maintenance, utility bills, the lawn, and the pool and all the things," Stanley says, adding that the ex-wives should not have to personally turn to Sheen every time they need a carpet replaced or plumbing fixed. "There would be a third party to review those bills to say if they are reasonable. You don't want someone changing wall paper every year."
And then there's consideration of what happens once the kids have grown up and moved out. Although it is possible the ex-wives would just retain ownership of the home, but forgo the maintenance help, that's not as likely as using it to pay for their retirement, she says. "My guess is when the kids graduate high school that they will not retain the residence, but they can sell it."
If the moms can work that out, that would be a pretty good deal, especially if it means putting the households of the mothers on a more equal footing with Dad's. "If Dad has a whole lot of money and a big mansion and you have a little shack," that will have an effect on the kids, Stanley says.
One thing other moms who might find themselves in this type of situation should remember is, "Just because he bought the house that doesn't mean he gets to come in and out." And when we're talking about Charlie Sheen, that phrase could take on more than one meaning.
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