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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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61.

mahafakir    

Robyn is making a big mistake. She has been married to Mel for twenty-3ight yeas according to the story. So she must be close to fifty. So what if Mel squeezed a younger girl or two. If would be different if he did it to an older woman or ewoman of the same age asa Robyn. After diorcing Mel she might have a hard time findingf a man. She can't swear of men at the age of fifty. But that is a very difficult age for a woman. She'll be nearing menopause. The age ten years before or ten years after are very difficult for a woman. It would be very difficult for here to attract another man. Mel has stayed with her for twenty eight years. She should have stayed with him untl he had let her go which I doubt he w'd have done.

1830 days ago
62.

Mrs Patrick Campbell    

Mel is said to suffer from tinymeat but he can still sit on our face!

1830 days ago
63.

Deloris Patterson    

I know it's hard for you Robyn right now, so be careful how you choose your next mate, the golddiggers are out eyeballing you right now. Stay wise in chooseing your next mate. You are a very wealthty woman at the end of this mess. I am so sorry Mel let this get to a "spit-up" at the best years of you guys life. Mel will see also how stupied he was making a very bad move on his part. Don't he know it all about money at his age. I know it is a shortage of men and women are just doing any and everything to get that paper. God bless you and Robyn and be happy Robyn, God works in fabulous ways!

1830 days ago
64.

Nancy    

After 28 years, he would have to be a saint not to cheat at all, considering his status & looks. He is only human & must of had tons of chances with co-stars & on different locations. It only takes one time to justify every other time after & to do irreversible damage. I saw him on an interview about 10 years ago & he seemed like a good husband & caring father but I am sure there has been problems especially with so many kids & their long separations during shoots. It's the nature of the beast. The temptations will always be there. Trust is important but personal willpower to be faithful is the key. People rarely change in this area of their lives.

1830 days ago
65.

Stanley Joseph    

I don't think much of her either. He didn't all of a sudden become the jerk he is. His father is a famous man who became that way due to his reactionary views of life, religion, and people that are not white or Christian.
Ol' Mel didn't grow up in a vacuum and has the same feel for the world as his old man. A bigot!
Look at his recent movies! Pasion of the Christ was abominable and he should be ashamed for the rest of his life for that one.
So the Misses didn't survive this marriage in a vacuum either. She knew what she was getting into and it didn't bother her.
Maybe some people change, but who knows?
He's an arrogant bum. I hope she hurts him where it counts for all rich people...in the wallet. Now he's free to openly date 19 year olds until he's 80.

1830 days ago
66.

Rick    

It's about tim...Robyn...you kicked this drunken looser to the curb.
You know what HELL on Earth is like,... you lived it for 27 year's.
He is a no good american bstrd.
WHY the 7 kid's with this monster? that one always amazes me.

1830 days ago
67.

Kay    

Good for her. That horny old creep has embarrassed her and their children enough.

1830 days ago
68.

barbara miller    

Mel Gibson should forget about the passion of Christ, move on, and direct a movie about the LOVE of God, instead of the suffering and misery of the past! Mel needs direction and lots of Love in understanding the faith he has professed... Jesus jeshua is a JEW!!! Christians love the Jewish race... for from them came our message of eternal life.God/ Jesus bless these two pampered, rich, spoiled humans

1830 days ago
69.

mahafakir    

Who is Mel going to blame next for his problems. Blacks? I'm surprised he did not blame blacks for his problem with Robyn. Altough I stated that she should not have divorced him he was not nice to her if he was screwing young floosies. Why does not he blame his problems on young floosies. Jews would be the ones to blame if he eas screwing the Jews. Jews would not have liked it and would have encouraged Robin to file the divorce Action. Come on MEl. You've grown up adult children. They make you think your wife is old. She went through a lot on your account and now you are blamimg Jews. Shame on you.

1830 days ago
70.

Rick    

Good for YOU ROBYN...he dumped this looser and drunken bstrd.
I never understood the 7 kid's, with anybody , they do not hold any marriage together
if anything breaks it up. In your case MEL....you are a womenizing drunken american bstrd

1830 days ago
71.

GIZMO    

fOR THE PERSON THAT ASKED WHATEVER HAPPENED TO "TIL DEATH DO US PART" SHOULD HAVE READ THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ALSO. FOR MR GIBSON, WHATEVER HAPPENED "TO THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY." ROBYN GIBSON HAS HAD 7 CHILDREN WITH MEL GIBSON AND I'M SURE HAD THE RAISING OF THEM MOSTLY FALL ON HER SHOULDERS. SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXPECT FAITHFULNESS AND SUPPORT IN RETURN. HE HAD NOTHING WHEN THEY MARRIED, AND SHE'S STAYED WITH HIM THROUGH THICK AND THIN SHE'S EARNED HALF OF WHAT HE HAS. I HAD ALWAYS ADMIRED MEL GIBSON AND ENJOYED HIS MOVIES BUT HE'S CHEATED AND BOOZED WAY TO MUCH AND I HAVE LOST RESPECT FOR HIM AS A MAN AND AND AS AN ACTOR. GOOD LUCK ROBYN HE'S NOT WORTH ANY TEARS HE'S NOT MUCH OF A MAN.

1830 days ago
72.

ROSE MARY MCKENZIE    

I ALWAYS LOVED MEL GIBSON MOVIES, BRAVEHEART, PATROIT, AND PASSION OF THE CHRIST WERE MY FAVORITE. I DO, AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, BLAME HIM AND HIS WONDERING EYE. SHE HAS PUT UP WITH A LOT AND DESERVES TO HAVE COMPENSATION. MEL NEEDS TO GET HIS ACT TOGETHER, I WILL NEVER FEEL THE SAME ABOUT HIM. I KNOW PEOPLE GROW A PART, AND LIFE TAKESS TURNS IN THE ROAD OF LIFE, BUT YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE WORK, AND LOVE IS A CHOICE.

1830 days ago
73.

Rick    

From Riches to Rag's...once very successfull but the damm drinking
and womenzing did you in...stupid Mel. You had a good thing and ruined it.
men are like this...and so are american's. Build them up.....tear them down
the favorite american past-time.

1830 days ago
74.

Marcharino    

You know, there are several problems here...a couple that has produced this baby are going to be fighting over money for a long time, and the most important of which is the child who will be subjected to an incessant barrage of media attention, public scrutiny and turmoil. My God, here is a couple that has been together for nearly three decades and they can't resolve their differences for the sake of a 9-year old child? Money and determination should not be the problem here--they can buy and make possible the finest counselors that exist. Oh, I'm tired of hearing how Hollywood's children grow-up perfectly fine with parents separating--really? Don't make me start pointing to examples.

1830 days ago
75.

greg in vages    

Apparently a good Roman catholic only when he wants to be?

1830 days ago
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