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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 ...

58 COMMENTS

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31.

Only marry foreign women    

All she has to do is claim she pushed him, and he's got a domestic violence charge.

This automatically changes all the game with the Order of Protection during a divorce. She'll own him.

Men are stupid.

1758 days ago
32.

Hollywood=Drugs    

Laura Govan has been cheating on her NBA fiancé, Gilbert Arenas, with the one and only NBA baller Shaquille O’ Neal that’s married
to Shaunie O’ Neal. Then on top of all that, Laura Govan and Shaunie O’ Neal are good friends and Laura Govan is also pregnant and due in December by her fiancé Gilbert Arenas.


http://bossip.com/175849/bossip-exclusive-one-nba-player-is-cheating-with-another-nba-players-pregnant-fiancee/

1758 days ago
33.

frombelair    

guys don`t marrie, stay single, seriously. marriage sucks, always.

1758 days ago
34.

Hollywood=Drugs    

Now that you know the truth STFU!

1758 days ago
35.

kemmy    

heard on local radio that shaq has been seen in the dc area alot lately because he is now messing around with gilbert arena's fiancee....there has been several email exchange between them that got leaked to the public and i believe this might be the reason for the seperation...

1758 days ago
36.

GREG MOORE    

LOVE JHON IS HOT HE CAN BE A PRON STAR I WACTH HIM WOW

1758 days ago
37.

Paulie Wants a Cracker    

Well she has to do what she has to do but I think she is being a little selfish by removing the kids, they are happy and content in school. However she never brought her kids to sporting events she signed them up for, a good mother well maybe just an ok mother or too self involved with herself and her feelings. She did kinda let herself go as well and the rumor was she had affairs also.

1758 days ago
38.

Scotia Womack    

SHAQ WAS MESSING AROUNG WITH GILBERT ARENAS' PREGNANT FIANCE! SHE DESERVES AS MUCH MONEY AS SHE CAN GET! HE HAS PLAYED AROUND ON HER TOO MANY DAMN TIMES!

1758 days ago
39.

kcmoon    

Her legal tactic will be shot down if she does file residency in California and later for divorce, especially for pulling kids out of school right at Finals. That's a big no-no. 'Forum-shopping' is prohibited under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (the UCCJA) It's easy to tell through people's actions where their true interests are: she could care less about the kids and their welfare...she's out for gold!

1758 days ago
40.

Blackuluv    

I wonder who gave her the money to buy the plane ticket to LA. All these golddiggin snitches need to get a job. I'm never gettin married, it's too expensive. If I had married my ex, i'm sure id be dead by now.

1758 days ago
41.

Cappy Lills Kid    

Wife had to pull kids out of school in FL & file for legal separation in California. FLorida has no "legal separation" status, your either married or not. I found that out the hard way

1758 days ago
42.

shuffler    


I don't know about any of them, but all I can say is Shaquille always comes across as having a mental age of 9 on every TMZ vid I see.

I guess when you're a great athlete, other areas suffer.

That is all.

1758 days ago
43.

Ken    

Don't worry all you Shaq fans. She'll fade into obscurity, and Shaq will continue playing basketball and will still be the loveable guy millions around the country follow on TV.... whether he is at fault or not.

1758 days ago
44.

jessica.mayes    

check out theybf.com Shaq has been cheating AGAIN here is the link http://theybf.com/index.php/2009/11/05/exclusive-is-shaq-cheating-on-shaunieagain/

Emails between him and his mistress Wizards baller Gilbert Arenas’ fiance Laura Govan

1757 days ago
45.

MJ    

Her filing legal separation in California after only being a resident for a couple of days is NOT VALID in California. If you want to file for legal separation, you have to be a resident in the county you are filing for AT LEAST 3 months. If you want a divorce in CA, you will need to be a resident in the county you filed for at least 6 months. Then it will take at least another 6 months to get a divorce! I don't know what the hell she was thinking...she's looking so dumb.

1757 days ago
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