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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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121.

Nadia    

WoW! It's about time!..but you know what? I think that she had this little trick up her sleeve for a while..she probably planned that after she had Jayden and she lost all of her baby weight that she would BOOM! slap those divorce papers in his face! GoOd FoR HeR! he is such a disgusting slob/loser anyway!

2720 days ago
122.

cherrie    

wfhat took brittany so long to get rid of this droopy pants, pain in the butt looser? Hooray for Brittany. I applaud her for gettifng the courage to dump the bum!!!!!! way to go Brit~~~~~

2720 days ago
123.

Teritown    

Hey Kev what goes around, comes around. And Brit, a guys past is a predictor of his future. Grow up.

2720 days ago
124.

Heather    

'Bout freakin' time! And she is lookin' good! He is a total loser! 4 kids, no job.

2720 days ago
125.

No Need For A Name    

Shar Jackson is having the best day ever.

2720 days ago
126.

Glow    

About time Brit! He's a loser you're better off raising those boys alone than with a hands-off father. The only girls who will date that loser now is smuts like Lindsey Lohan and Paris- they will date anybody that shows them a little interest.

2720 days ago
127.

Punk B*tch    

The kids will be better off without their gold-digging daddy around. Is he ever around them anyway? He seems to always be in Vegas or at some club. NOT a good role model. I hope Britney chooses someone better next time.

2720 days ago
128.

wisemama    

Way to go Britney....your kids will thank you for divorcing their father for years to come!!

2720 days ago
129.

lenaj    

I'm happy for Brit, I know divorce is hard for all ppl involed but sometimes it is the best thing.. It would be worse for those kids to grow up in a house with a mother that was sad all the time.. WAY TOO GO BRIT!!! Hope all is well with you and ur kids..

K-FED.. Time to get a real job.. LOSER!!!

2720 days ago
130.

Eliza    

Finally. I think everyone on the planet saw this one coming. However, I don't think you should be calling this story your "exclusive" when Perez Hilton beat you by 15 minutes or so.

2720 days ago
131.

TayTay    

It is about time!!! He needed to find his own way to make money instead of taking Britney's.

2720 days ago
132.

Laura Salvatore    

Oh gee. What a surprise. NOT. The only surprise is that it took THIS long. But, I'm betting that we'll ultimately see that the marriage lasted longer than the money he'll get from the pre-nup - $300k for every year married. Let's see - the marriage lasted nearly 3 years, so that's $900k, which will likely last "K-Fed" (sheesh - he's such a wannabe...) nearly 3 hours.
Britney, I sure hope you've learned something, darlin'...

2720 days ago
133.

Helena    

In 2 years..everyone will be saying Kevin Federwho??? He is most likely to be robbing a dry cleaners or end up on America's Most Wanted- Forgotten Celebrities Edition.

2720 days ago
134.

anita    

Good for her, he was such a slime ball. He was so so gross. She may have her good points and bad points- but I could never see why she went with him- and he makes me ill just looking at him. Why she would stoop so low is beyond me. She and the kids will be better off without him.

2720 days ago
135.

maddog    

They deserved each other. Neither one of them can sing. All Brittney does is talk in her songs. If she were an unknown she wouldn't even make it past the auditions on American Idol.

2720 days ago
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