Currently the 'Braveheart' actor is allowed three overnight stays every two weeks with his youngest child, who he had with Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva, but he is now keen to change the arrangements of the custody agreement.

Mel – who split with Oksana last year, amid claims he had threatened to bury her in his rose garden – has filed a request with a court to request additional overnight stays with the youngster, reports website TMZ.

However, nothing will be decided until a hearing in September.

'The Beaver' actor has previously confessed he has found his life "hard to bear" at times, but believes everyone goes through tough times at some point in their lives.

He said: "We all go through things that are hard to bear at some point or other, and we have to get through it. About life, oh boy. You don't want to hear about my three-ring circus."

Earlier this year, Oksana – who also has 14-year-old son Alexander with British actor Timothy Dalton – dropped a domestic violence claim against Mel.

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