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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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76.

fair    

THE PRESS SAYS IN CALIFORNIA THE ASSESTS ARE GONNA BE 50/50...WHEN PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT AFTER 7 KIDS AND 28 YEARS THAT 50 BELONG TO HER IS JUST HERS...PERIOD..HE HAS TO BE CAREFUL THOUGH WITH THE NEW WOMAN THAT MIGHT WANT EVERYTHING FOR HER AND HE MIGHT END LIKE CHARLES BRONSON RUINED AND IN AN ELDERS HOME AND HIS CHILDREN WITHOUT A NICKEL..

1986 days ago
77.

xcalibur    

2006 OR NOW FOR THE DIVISION OF ASSETS?? MEL HAS DONE NOTHING IN THAT TIME FRAME. DONT THINK IT MAKES A HELL OF A DIFFERENCE IN WHAT SHE GETS. AT 900 MIL, WHATS A FEW MIL HERE AND THERE... LOL. SHE WILL LEAVE WITH AT LEAST 100 MIL. SHE AINT STARVING.

1986 days ago
78.

kay-kay    

wait bobby blue eyes...is that really true? goes both ways? mel the hypocrite....

1986 days ago
79.

Joe Turner    

LIKE THE MAYANS HE IDOLIZED, MEL NOW LIVES IN A DIFFERENT DIMENSION , HE MAY THINK IT SUPERIOR TO THE REST OF US EARTHLINGS.

BUT ANY RELATIONSHIP HE HAD WITH US WAS LOST SHORTLY AFTER "CONSPIRACY THEORY" AND CONFIRMED BY ALL MOVIES SUBSEQUENT TO THAT.

1986 days ago
80.

Main    

This man is very talented, but he is a womanizing drinking man who has shown no respect to his wife and children throughout his marriage. He has seven children who needed a father who showed them how to be faithful and devoted to their own families, Instead he has been irresponsible and childish throughout his career. Yes he should pay for the lawyers and yes she should get half of everything he has made in his marriage and we all need to think again about who we hold as an example for us to emulate. I for one think that his Good Catholic man image is a farce. He makes millions and millions off us with his Passion Of The Christ and he can not control his own passions. He is talented ,but contemptible.

1986 days ago
81.

kk    

Maybe if they had Jesus n there lives they might have lasted even longer. I will keep u both n my prayers.

1986 days ago
82.

Jim    

After 28 years. Without a real good excuse dont't give the bitch anything

1986 days ago
83.

Moses    

AND ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!!!
SO SAD
I thought perhaps after 7 KIDS they would have at least taken it to their life's end.
Oh well wrong again!








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1986 days ago
84.

PJFusco    

So what if he's anti-Semitic? Who cares? So are a lot of Palestinians. And there are a lot of Jews who hate Catholics, witness the modern day Sanhedrin which made it almost impossible for Gibson to distribute "The Passion of the Christ." Gee, let's see, that non-existent Hollywood cabal, you know, the one not made up of Jewish guys, the one that turns out movies like, "The Last Temptation of Christ," or that glorious festival of Jewish comedians in the art classic, "Adventures of Ford Fairlane," no, he doesn't have any reason to dislike those people, does he?

Everyone has a right to hate. It's only the liberals who deny that right except for themselves. You never see them writing or saying hateful things about Catholics, Christians in general, conservatives, white people, people who work for a living, actual taxpayers, Republicans, America, patriotism, and now Mel Gibson. Like we say at www.theconservativegentleman.com, "who cares?" We love to hate you too. It's fun, and besides that, you deserve it, you hypocrites.

1986 days ago
85.

paris phillippe    

this is a shame, 28 years down the tubes.
now lets see how much this woman wants, he is worth 900M, they have so many kids.
give her less than half, and the other part of the half give to the kids,
and let mel go on his merry way, oh yeah, use a limo driver to drive you around when you get drunk
i thought she would leave him after the dwi in 2006, that really was an embarrassment for the both of them

1986 days ago
86.

tt    

Maybe Robyn saw Mel dancing with wolves

1986 days ago
87.

andersen73    

Marriage is a fantasy that is based on the emotions of the "NOW". As a man, I can't afford to get married or live in this fantasy world - ESPECIALLY with the way the laws are skewed against men. What's the divorce rate in CA - 75.54%? Would anybody invest their time, energy, and money in such a high risk investment? Would you drive your car if you knew that you had a 75.54% chance of serious financial and emotional injury everytime you drove out the driveway? NOPE!!! Thanks Robyn! Thanks Mel! I'm tapping out of this marriage thing... Saved me $900m and 28 years of wasted time on this planet. Phew...

1986 days ago
88.

sonny    

lana you are a jerk hate men do you

1986 days ago
89.

Leroy66    

TMZ will have lots to report on this one! Mel won't let go without a fight...don't care how long they have been separated. Love his movies....think he is sexy but gosh, is he a looney!

1986 days ago
90.

MJ    

Wow pay her attorney fees and spouse support, its got to be the fault resulting from all the Jew’s in this world. Is her lawyer a Jew?

1986 days ago
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