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Shaq's Wife Files for Legal Separation

11/10/2009 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shaquille O'Neal's wife Shaunie has abruptly flown to Los Angeles and filed a petition for legal separation in Los Angeles County Superior Court ... and Shaq's people think it's all about money.

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TMZ has learned Shaunie filed legal papers yesterday in L.A., even though the couple lives in Florida. The petition says although Shaunie is filing for legal separation, she intends to file for divorce. She lists "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for separation.

We're told Shaunie pulled her kids out of school in Florida several days ago and they are with her now in L.A.

Why, you ask, would Shaunie cross the country to file in L.A.? Well, a spouse generally does a lot better in the spousal support department here in California. Shaunie is asking for both spousal and child support -- though she did not specify an amount for either.

Shaunie claims in her papers to be a resident of L.A. since November 8, 2009 -- 2 days ago.

The date of separation is listed as 11-9-09. The couple has 4 minor children. Shaunie wants legal and physical custody of all the kids.

They have been married for 6 years, 11 months.

Stay tuned ...

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16.

Mikey    

What did Kobe say THIS time!

1723 days ago
17.

HasBeens    

Didn't they go through this tish like a year ago? The only reason she failed to file is because she allegedly had a man and knew she wouldn't look good filing when she was an adulterer (if I remember right). Now sounds like she's being smarter about it this time.

1723 days ago
18.

The King    

The real truth, Shaq simply couldn't resist them Ohio bitches.

1723 days ago
19.

Darra    

Its not about the money! Its because he cheated on her AGAIN!!!!! This time with one of her close friends, who happens to be knocked up by his teammate.

1723 days ago
20.

THE CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING PROPERLY SUPERVISED...PERIOD!    

NO! IT IS NOT ABOUT MONEY, SHAQ IS STILL HO'ING ALL OVER THE PLACE!

GOT HO'S in EVERY AREA CODE.

1723 days ago
21.

Simone    

Kooky is never going to get a job, I hope he gets his net access canceled.

STFU Smone you c*nt.

1723 days ago
22.

Black Power    

The real deal is that she is tired of being split in half every time they have sex. Stitches and bowed legs are not a good look for a woman.

1723 days ago
23.

LakersFan    

I kind of figured they were separated or had an "open" marriage because Shaq was in the L.A. and Las Vegas area throughout the whole summer with no kids or wife in sight.

1723 days ago
24.

ALRIGHT!!!!    

Well, first of all Shaq has been living in Richfield,Ohio because he lives on my street and plays for the Cavs.

1723 days ago
25.

me    

Shaq is a whore...he like all the other NBA players sleep with groupies from town ot tow, city to city. They learned not a damn thing from Magic Johnson and his HIV. They simply do not care. Everyone who follows basketball knows this. Shaunnie, sweetie get the money and keep your sanity and health!!!

1723 days ago
26.

Joann    

Shaq's wife was on the verge of divorcing him before but called it off at the last minute. Shaq probably told her he would be good and to give him another chance.

Shaunie is probably tired of his lies. I bet she will go through with it this time. Good for her.

1723 days ago
27.

who dat    

Of course she filed. He wouldn't let her touch the Shaq-tus

1723 days ago
28.

CriticAl    

HAHAHA! Men will never learn. Yes, let's run out and sign away half our stuff to some gold-digger.

George Clooney has the right idea. Though he seems like he's slippin' lately.

1723 days ago
29.

Only marry foreign women    

The USA has one of the highest divorce rates in the world of about 180 countries.

Women initiate 85% of the divorce.

The government rewards women with the children, 18 years of tax-free income, and over half the guy's stuff, among other things.

1723 days ago
30.

Only marry foreign women    

Whoever told the guy that "Marriage is a 50-50 proposition" laid the foundation for more divorce fees than any other short sentence in our language.

1723 days ago
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