The star of Two and a Half Men has been banned from one and two half women.
Estranged spouses Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards agreed to an extension of a court-approved restraining order Thursday, barring the TV star from independently contacting or coming within 300 feet of his wife or the couple's two daughters. Sheen retains his right to one supervised visit per week with the children.
The extension came in lieu of a custody hearing originally scheduled to take place this week to determine which custody arrangement would best for two-year-old Sam and one-year-old Lola.
Sheen has requested joint custody of the girls, while Richards, who filed a lengthy declaration in April alleging her husband was verbally and physically abusive, and has been hooked on prescription drugs, pornography and gambling, sought sole custody.
Sheen denied the claims in a declaration of his own, calling them "false allegations" and accusing his wife of engaging in a "smear campaign."
Thursday's hearing has been postponed until Sept. 12,at which point Richards and Sheen are expected to come face to face. Up until now, the actors' lawyers have been duking it out in court on behalf of their clients.
"I can't say for sure, but there's a strong likelihood," Richards' lawyer, Neal R. Hersh, told City News Service of the possibility of the boldfaced names appearing in court this fall.
In the meantime, the extended restraining order will be kept in effect for just a month longer, until Aug. 14.
At that time, both sides will appear in court to argue over which questions will be fair game during the estranged duo's upcoming depositions. Their respective current love interests, rocker Richie Sambora and real estate investor-actress Brooke Mueller, will probably be off-limits, with queries most likely focused on the events that transpired while the former fun couple was cohabitating.
Richards, 35, originally filed for divorce in March 2005, at which point she requested sole custody. After a counter-filing from Sheen, 40, the duo briefly reconciled in the fall, only to have Richards announce plans to move forward with the proceedings in January.
The postponed court date is just the latest development in the publicly played-out drama.
Both have moved on romantically, though Richards apparently at the cost of her relationship with former friend and Sambora ex, Heather Locklear, the Wild Things star has put more literal distance between herself and her estranged hubby.
Last month, Richards put the home she bought during her initial split from Sheen in Los Angeles' Westlake Village on the market for $4.3 million. One big selling point: The abode was virtually next door to the home Sambora and Locklear used to share.
As for Sheen, he's finally become the recipient of inarguably good news.
The actor received his first ever Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, with the popular but previously unlauded CBS sitcom going on to score a total of seven nominations.