October 21, 2021
Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen

Denise Richards ‘blindsided’ after judge rules Charlie Sheen no longer has to pay child support: source

Charlie Sheen no longer has to pay ex-wife Denise Richards child help, a courtroom ruling that caught the actress off guard, a source says.

A judge made the choice in Los Angeles County courtroom Monday, adjusting the child help cost to “zero dollars per month” commencing from August 1, 2018, in accordance to paperwork obtained by PEOPLE.

Sheen, 56, shares daughters Sami, 17, and Lola, 16, with Richards, 50.

Richards was not in attendance throughout the courtroom proceedings. (On Instagram Friday, she wrote that she was touring for work, explaining that “it’s hard being away from home and my family.”)

A source shut to Richards informed PEOPLE she was “blindsided” by the courtroom date and ruling.

“Charlie filed two years ago and kept pushing the court date, so Denise was very surprised that it happened yesterday while she is out of town filming. She was blindsided,” the source mentioned, additional alleging, “Now he’s manipulating the situation.” 

“Lola does not live with Charlie. She lives with both of her parents and stays with Charlie when Denise is out of town. When Denise is back, Lola will be with her,” the source clarified. “This is very disappointing for Denise, but also not surprising. Charlie is pitting the girls against their mother, which is horrible.”

An insider shut to the scenario, nonetheless, tells PEOPLE that Richards “has known about the court date for six months.”

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The judge’s ruling comes weeks after Sami alleged in TikTok movies final month, as reported by Page Six, that she moved out of Richards’ residence and in with Sheen, complaining about being “trapped” at her mother’s place. (The posts have since been made non-public.) The teenager mentioned she “finally moved out of the hell house, had a spiritual awakening.”

The source clarifies that Sami has been dwelling with Sheen since July, not April, as was said in courtroom.

“Denise loves Sami very much and Sami loves her. Denise is very saddened by the entire situation. She’s a mother who wants to protect her kids,” provides the source. “They need structure and rules and Charlie is very permissive. Denise just wants the best for them.”

Reps for Sheen and Richards didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s requests for remark.

A source informed PEOPLE final month that Richards “set normal rules that any parent could be setting,” however Sami was defiant.

“She’s a mom and a parent and there are rules. [Sami] didn’t want to follow the rules,” mentioned the source, including, “Charlie didn’t support implementing Denise’s rules. He has a different way of parenting and Sami decided to live with her dad. Denise loves her daughter very much and she’s saddened by the situation.”

The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills alum, who’s married to Aaron Phypers, can also be mother to daughter Eloise Joni, 10. Charlie has three different kids from different relationships: Cassandra, 36, and 12-year-old twin sons.

Richards and Sheen met whereas taking pictures the film Good Recommendation in 2000, but it surely wasn’t till the actress guest-starred on Charlie’s former sitcom Spin Metropolis in 2001 {that a} romance started. They married in June 2002. By March 2005, it was over, with Denise filing for divorce.

In 2019, Richards informed PEOPLE, “I believe that my daughters will tell you that I’m a strict parent.”

She beforehand revealed she had installed security cameras exterior her residence to stop Sami from going out to meet with boys with out permission. “I definitely have rules and boundaries, and there’s consequences,” she continued on the time, including that does not let her daughters “do whatever they want.”

Again in March, Richards celebrated Sami’s birthday on Instagram by writing, “Cannot believe my beautiful baby girl is 17!!!! Time flies by so quick, so amazed the gorgeous younger girl you’ve got grow to be,” alongside a photograph of her.

“Although a part of me would give anything to have those years back when you were little. I cherish those precious moments,” she added on the time. “I love you so much Sami girl. I’m so proud of you. You’re beyond beautiful inside and out and so compassionate. I love you my Sami. Happy Birthday.”