Although they have been separated since the occurrence of an allegedly violent encounter in December of 2009, Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have reportedly reached a divorce settlement. Mueller filed for divorce in November, but due to the six-month waiting period imposed by California divorce laws, their divorce will not be final until May 2, just a few weeks prior to what would have been the couple's third wedding anniversary.

The marriage of Sheen, 45, and Mueller, 33, allegedly took a violent turn on Christmas Day of 2009 when Sheen was arrested by police in Aspen, Colorado, on charges of assault and domestic violence against his wife. According to Mueller's complaint, Sheen pinned her down, brandished a knife, and threatened to have her killed. In August, Sheen pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to 30 days in a drug and alcohol rehab center, as well as 30 days of probation.

Under the terms of the divorce settlement, which was filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Sheen will pay approximately $55,000 per month for child support for the couple's twin sons, Bob and Max. An interesting clause in the settlement requires that Sheen always pay at least as much for the twins' support as he pays in support for his two children from his previous marriage to actress Denise Richards, from whom he was divorced in 2006.

The settlement does not provide for ongoing spousal support, but orders Sheen to pay Mueller a one-time settlement of over $755,000. In addition, Mueller will receive $1.25 million to account for her share of the couple's home, which Sheen will keep.

Source: Reuters, "Charlie Sheen reaches divorce deal with estranged wife", Steve Gorman, 10 February 2011