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Britney Spears

Files for Divorce

11/7/2006 5:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears has filed a petition for divorce from Kevin Federline.
Divorce
TMZ obtained the legal papers, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, one-year old Sean Preston and two-month old Jayden James, with Federline getting reasonable visitation rights.

As for money, sources tell TMZ the couple, who married in Oct. 2004, has an iron-clad prenup. Not surprisingly, Spears is waiving her right to spousal support. She's also asking the judge to make each party pay their own attorney's fees.

Spears gives the date of separation as yesterday, the same day she flaunted her incredible revamped physique during a surprise appearance on David Letterman's show. Sources tell TMZ there was no single reason for Britney pulling the plug, rather, it was "a string of events."

Spears has hired powerhouse celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has repped a number of celebs, including Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland. We're told Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe asked Wasser to rep both of them in their split, but Wasser declined for personal reasons.

Significantly, Britney lists the date of her marriage as October 6, 2004. There was an uproar around the time of the wedding because the highly publicized "secret" ceremony was held on Sept. 18th, leading many to question the validity of the ceremony. Now the divorce documents indicate that the lavish ceremony was not the official wedding.

Click to read the petition for divorce documents.
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76.

ladyli1    

YES - HE'S GONE!!!!

2817 days ago
77.

KP    

Go Brit!! Good for you, girl. Take care of those babies.

2817 days ago
78.

Sandra    

Go Britany! Go Britany! It's about time you came to your senses! He's such a loser!

2817 days ago
79.

tina    

You people mystify me. These are human beings with real feelings. Not to mention the kids. Have some respect.

2817 days ago
80.

Carol    

I don't think the rumor about getting 10 million is true. Kevin's gonna end up a broke loser like she found him. Britney I think was tired of the business and everything she was going through and was lonely so she married this idiot. But I say congrats Britney! Glad to see you wake up finally.

2817 days ago
81.

F0RtUnE tElLeR    

Think about the children who will now be raised without a father, and in a "broken home". No one wins in a divorce. The really big losers are the children. She should have divorced him before she "spread them" if that was her intentions. Poor innocent children will be scarred for life because of this.

2817 days ago
82.

newsjunkie    

wooooooooo hooooooooooooo you go brit!!!!
she is going to be so much happier without his suckin up a$$. She looked better than ever on letterman....im happy 4 her

2817 days ago
83.

whatthe    

Thank the lord. You could tell even during the Matt Lauer interview that she was just going thru the steps until her next child was born. Divorce is never easy for the kids, no matter who the parents are, so I do feel bad for them. But, Im glad she finally realized, he was using her for her money. In the end Kevin will have to answer for all that he has done, with dumping the first one while she was pregnant and then using Brit as he has done. Say your prayers now Kevin.....

2817 days ago
84.

TWZDegen    

Geez, I don't like K-Fed as much as any of the rest of you but damn. What is wrong with all of you that you are hoping and praising couples getting divorced! You should all be ashamed of yourself no matter how much you hate them!

2817 days ago
85.

bob    

YEAH BRITNEY!!!! you finally woke up.
Throw the loser to the curb.

2817 days ago
86.

Misty Disinger    

Very sad for those beautiful, innocent children. Do not understand where the committment is in today's fly by the seat of your pants relationships......why get married????? And heaven forbid, why have children?????

2817 days ago
87.

pelon1    

finally she does something smart, i'm glad she's getting rid of that loser, she's not the best singer in the world but she's a good entertainer and she's accomplished so much at such a young age

2817 days ago
88.

FIRST ONE!!    

OH MY GOD!! I CAN NOT BELEIVE IT!!! I actually feel bad!! I mean I hope they can work it out!! I am in total shock!! I thought everything was good between them!!
THIS IS NEWS!!

2817 days ago
89.

Mooshki    

Britney's back! Thank god!

2817 days ago
90.

Smart,Handsome and well endowed    

Can't count on damn celebrities for nothing! Good luck Kevin with that budding music career...Okay, we'll have two Jumbo Jacks extra onions..yeah, the combo meals, one coke and ONE HATERAIDE!
( I hope he gets the Ferrari!)

2817 days ago
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