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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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31.

Linda Mott    

What a shame, now these kids have to suffer. He should have gotten help when TMZ uncovered his drinking problem.

1985 days ago
32.

XETHall123    

Again with the "what balls" I don't understand what balls have to do with anything, A man's parts has nothing to do with making anyone smarter or gutsy. Why can't words like backbone or nerve or guts be used? Men's parts are just that, it doesn't make you brave. Who started using the phase? It's so stupit.

1985 days ago
33.

DMSTX    

Couldn't of happened to a "nicer" guy. Take him for all he's worth Robyn!!!!! And then write a tell all on what a real a$$ hole we all know he trully is.

1985 days ago
34.

Afan    

What do you expect. That she stay married to a Looney Tune.

1985 days ago
35.

norjay    

I wonder who will be awarded the Church that Mel built. You know, the one that was more strict etc. than your run of the mill Catholic Church. Hypocrites!

1985 days ago
36.

Rosa    

Mel I'm single call me!

1985 days ago
37.

jen    

He is so loony in public, I can't imagine how nuts he must be in private. She probably just couldn't take anymore.

Mel: "The JEWWWWWWWWSSS destroyed my marriage, sugartits!"

1985 days ago
38.

PN    

Maybe Mel Gibson and his wife's marriage was going south the moment he had that DUI arrest 3 years ago. It's remarkable that they went 28-29 years with being married, but maybe life changes happen. I believe that Lana just got tired of recent infidelities that Mel has done and decided to walk away. And maybe Lana just wanted out.

1985 days ago
39.

ldystrmchsr    

My mother once she finds out will probably be jumpin up & down like hell. She has been in love with him for years

1985 days ago
40.

Julie    

I think "John" who made the comment that Mel Gibson's divorce was caused by Jews. What an ignorant comment to make-must be a TMZ lover.

1985 days ago
41.

anonymous    


How sad? I think his wife did the right thing. I was disappointed in Mel. He did is---- it is such a mess. It is his fault.

1985 days ago
42.

heidi    

i like mel as an actor but who knows what really goes on between two people i wish them both the best

1985 days ago
43.

Happy to Hear about Mel    

Hope the Anit Semite sob gets taken to the cleaners!
Surprised his wife stayed with this trash so long.

1985 days ago
44.

Sherri    

Robyn had enough! Raising seven kids all the while he claims faithful and spiritual - proved to be opposite. Sometimes Hollywood messes the minds rather than helps. Fame and fortune has it's own cross to bear. God Bless and good luck!

1985 days ago
45.

Debb    

I think divorce is always sad and that is alot of years to say good bye to. But they will always have their memories and their children. Let's hope it is true that will will do this in the same manner that they have lived their entire time together....personal and private. I have always loved Mel....he is and will continue to be a outstanding actor.

1985 days ago
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