Child support is not always timely paid, but it seems unlikely that a Hollywood celebrity would need to garnish her ex's wages in order to get child support, but that is what has happened in California recently. Charlie Sheen's career path is uncertain after being fired from his hit television show "Two and a Half Men," and his ex-wife, Brook Mueller is so concerned that Sheen won't be able to pay his child support payments that she has asked for a judge to garnish Sheen's wages.
Mueller and Sheen have an existing child custody agreement over their twin boys. This agreement did not prevent Mueller from obtaining a court order that required Sheen's former studio, Warner Brothers, to pay her $55,000 of Sheen's money each month, however. Mueller is worried that Sheen's extravagant lifestyle will soon catch up to him and leave him unable to pay his child support obligations. According to the Daily Mail, it seems that the studio has little choice in the matter--they must comply with the court order.
It is true that Sheen's antics will apparently lead to his character's gruesome death on "Two and a Half Men" next season, but it appears that Sheen has yet to miss a child support payment. Additionally, the Daily Mail reports that there are talks of Sheen starring in a new show soon.
A parent who has been awarded child support payments as part of a child custody agreement has the right to collect those payments. At times, getting money from an ex can be difficult, but there are creative ways, such as wage garnishment, to ensure child support payments are properly made.
Source: Daily Mail, "Charlie Sheen's ex Brooke Mueller orders Warner Bros to pay $55k child support," 28 June 2011