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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.

Mel Gibson

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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181.

Katherine    

#4

I do not blame her for wanting him to pay for a divorce that she wants since he was the one being a man-whore in the first place. She should take him for all he got because that is what I would do if I were her. Mr. Gibson got caught by the news media for cheating over and over again and now she is a woman scorned.

1967 days ago
182.

Chucky    

what can I say that anyone else has said or at least try to say to mel and wife it was 28 years and I didn't think hollwood marriages lasted that long any way. so you have the jump on the rest of society. I am sorry to hear that hopefully you guys can work it out. I'll pray for you and your family. take care.

1967 days ago
183.

otter    

Another wife who didnt do anything except squirt out some kids and want half of what the man made. she didnt make the movies and she didnt direct them. ill bet she cant even cook. another braod who wants a free ride on a hard working mans coat tails. give me a break ! ill bet she figure out to spend it. duh. without mel she prolly still be working in wendys.

1967 days ago
184.

Butsniffer    

Did Mel sober up so that he could be told he was divorced?

1967 days ago
185.

Truth B Told    

Everyone knows it is Bushes fault. They could have contacted Obama first, he could have fixed it.

1967 days ago
186.

Pamela Gibbs    

Why do you people think so badly of Mel? I have enjoyed the movies he's been in and don't think we have a right to judge him for anything else. Good luck to you and your family. I know this will be hard on all of you. My prayers will be with you.

1967 days ago
187.

Jana    

Thank God and good for her! Now she can have a normal life and he can appoint himself Pope.

1967 days ago
188.

opi    

I'm glad this woman finally wised up. She's an embarassment to Catholics, he treated her like a doormat, while he had all the affairs for years he wanted.

1967 days ago
189.

cb    

Wow. I'd take him.. maybe he just need something more them what she whants to give him... not a bad thing people grow apart all the time...damn it a merical they lasted this long .. but then they been seperated 2 1/2 years.

1967 days ago
190.

Veterano    

Lana- You are a dumb petty bitch. What's your beef with the guy? Get a life....

Blue-eyes Bobby -or whatever your screen name is here- There is NO proof past stupid-ass assumptions like your's of who's a swinger or gay or whatever in HW. Specifically MG. There's plenty of proof to the contrary, aside the point of being a drunk and a womanizer, but not "goes both ways". How easy it is to kick a man when he's down. I too once lived and worked in the "hollyweird" world. I figured on leaving before going postal on all of you freaks.

Yeah the guy has his issues, and yes his beliefs are outdated and a bit extreme. But hey, last time I checked he is not a legislator making laws affecting your life! Other than that, freedom of thought/speech is no more/less relevant to him than any other American..........



1967 days ago
191.

JAN    

Robyn Gibson is well rid of the anti-semitic drunk. I hope she gets half of his 900 million.....

1967 days ago
192.

JAN    

If I ever see him at Tonys Taverna in Malibu--I'll treat him like the vermin he is....She is well rid of him....

1967 days ago
193.

Disgusting    

Gotta love the misogynistic hate from a bunch of jealous losers who can't get a date so hate women, or hate their mothers, or who don't have two cents to rub together so they ignorantly hate.

She is not asking Gibson to pay for her lawyers. It's HER money. They built their life TOGETHER from when there was nothing. No one achieves success on their own. They had a partnership. Especially when couples start from nothing and spend their whole life together. In the same way Gibson is indebted to his agents, lawyers, producers, writers, etc, he is indebted to his wife. Nor would he have had his children or someone there to manage his life.

His wife deserves a medal for withstanding him for so long. She deserves her share of the community property. She is not asking. It belongs to her.

1967 days ago
194.

sfc    

why does any star getting a divorce require such severe comments. i think some of you guys needs more interesting things to do. ciao and have a nice day.

1967 days ago
195.

Obama sucks    

She had him when he was young and hot!!! Woof!!!

1967 days ago
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