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Mel Gibson's Wife

Files for Divorce

4/13/2009 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We've learned Mel Gibson's wife Robyn has just filed legal papers to divorce Mel Gibson, her husband of 28 years, citing "irreconcilable differences." Pretty ironic -- Robyn signed the papers the day before Good Friday.

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Sources tell us there is no prenuptial agreement -- they were married in 1980, before Mel Gibson amassed a fortune estimated at $900 million back in 2006. Under the laws of California, community property -- which includes earnings -- is divided 50/50.

The Gibsons have 7 children, but only one -- Tom, who turns 10 tomorrow -- is a minor. In Robyn's legal papers, filed this morning in L.A. County Superior Court, she seeks joint physical and legal custody of Tom.

Robyn is also asking for spousal support and attorneys fees.

Robyn lists the date of separation as "to be determined." This is important, because earnings generally cease to be community property when the couple separates. There could be a skirmish over this. We're told the couple grew increasingly apart over the last few years, especially since Mel's drunk driving arrest in 2006.

There have been reports that Mel has been involved with another woman, which the actor denies, but we're told the reasons for the divorce go beyond any third party.

Launch PhotosIf there is a fight, Robyn is in good hands -- she's repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser, who has handled divorces for the likes of Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Stevie Wonder.

UPDATE: Robyn and Mel Gibson just issued a statement: "Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so."

Sources tell TMZ the couple has been separated for more than 2 1/2 years. We'll see if Robyn agrees. Again, the separation date is important in dividing assets.

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136.

Greek gal    

Bad karma,Shouldn't mess with Gods people. He brought this on himself, and now he has to pay..Just watch he'll do somthing stupid, unless he has learned his lesson.I have to say when he went on about the jews I had a feeling this was coming. to bad... hmmm oh well.

1956 days ago
137.

yowza    

Sad news all around, hope the youngest child will be okay and I hope Mel and his wife can both find peace. Sure respect couples who can make a marriage work, it's tough.

1956 days ago
138.

Decent    

Mel is Bi-sexual only when he's drunk, wonder if he remembered to wear a condom when he is drinking. Sex is a big issue in marriage because married couples have sex with other people.

1956 days ago
139.

yowza    

I doubt money will be an issue. There is more than enough for both of them and all their children. Hope it's a quiet divorce, they don't need the negativity from the media or the public at a difficult time like this. Sad news.

1956 days ago
140.

MEL ALIKE    

HE PROBABLY BURNED THE EASTER GRAVY OR SOMETHING STUPID,WOMEN JUST GET MAD LIKE THAT..IM AT TWENTY YEARS MYSELF AND HEAR THIS KIND OF CRAP HERE TOO... LIVE IT UP MEL....MEL ALIKE..

1956 days ago
141.

jack jones    

Another L.A. Gold Digger, take the mans money and then go find another fool, SHE IS A GOOF.

1956 days ago
142.

doggy dog    

Was he saying Racist remak=rks after being Drunk again? Was he partying too hard? So what about another hollywood breakup no one could care less another goofball down the tubes woohoo who even hears about him anymore?

1956 days ago
143.

marahnatha    

satan has to hate Mel Gibson for all the good he's done. He and his wife need to be kept in our prayers because God hates divorce. They should move back to Australia or somewhere rural & away from all the deceitfulness of Hollywood. Robyn's a beautiful woman who has stood by her man even before he was "Mel Gibson, star." She deserves a lot of credit and she was, after all, the woman he chose to marry. She is the mother of his seven children. Most of us know somebody that's an alcoholic and they can make life hell for their family, friends and associates.
Mel's helped a lot of other people overcome their addictions. I hope they realize that just because he's "bigger than life" it
doesn't mean that he isn't just a man and he needs help like we all do from time to time. That's what friends are for. God grant him deliverance from his demons.

1956 days ago
144.

bob    

So, she is going to get 450 million AND support? What a load of crap.

1956 days ago
145.

Rhonda    

I can't believe she stayed this long. He is such a bigoted jerk.

1956 days ago
146.

DaTruth    

This was not a 'Hollywood' marriage it lasted 28 yrs! A hollywood marriage is one that lasts 5mins and is undone by two idiots that should never have been together in the first place!

Michael Caine married for 30 yrs, Paul Newman married 40 yrs would you call those Hollywood marriages? This woman deserves billions for putting up with this clown for so long and never once went postal or became a alcoholic or druggie, she raised their kids well and stayed out of the spotlight,she saved his pathetic ass, without her he would be sleeping next to Heath Ledger right now!

1956 days ago
147.

AnybodyButBush    

Maybe it's because Robyn found out about Mel's boyfriend...

1956 days ago
148.

60033    

Wow people do grow apart and simply speaking from experiance there are only no winners here only loosers the lawyers and media feeding off of the emotions here will be more than one would like...but simply put the Media should stay out of personal stuff as this the lawyers should follow the letter of the law and the liberials chanting in favor of Her or Him should wake up and realize you are just like the rest of the finger pointing people leading our great county to it's knees socializum and comunistic garbage finger pointing loosers!!

1956 days ago
149.

Bob    

I thought mel was a pre-Vatican II Catholic. Wonder how he will get into heaven now he's getting the Big "D"? Must be all them damn gays in California ruining yet another heterosexual marriage or pick and choose theology. This country is going down the drain. Hey, I know...let's invade another country to take our minds off poor St. Mel's ticket to hell. Is there no justice in this sinful, sinful world. Save us Jesus!!!

1956 days ago
150.

Sweet thing    

I was a big fan of Mel's years ago until I found out what a total jerk he is-womanizer, getting people hooked,etc. I hope Robyn has a better life now-good luck to her!!

1956 days ago
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