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'Dexter' Star

Files for Divorce from

Michael C. Hall

12/16/2010 8:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Jennifer Carpenter just filed her petition for divorce this afternoon from her "Dexter" co-star Michael C. Hall ... but it turns out they've been separated for a long time.

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According to the document, the date of separation is listed as August 9, 2010

Carpenter cites "irreconcilable differences" in the petition filed in L.A. County Superior Court.

Carpenter is also asking for spousal support and for attorney's fees.

The couple, who married in 2008, have no children.

Julia Stiles -- who guest starred on "Dexter" this season and is rumored to have gotten "close" to Hall  -- just issued a statement saying they're just "good friends" and she's not the cause of the breakup.

Jennifer Carpenter

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31.

Rachel    

So here's the sitch: I wrote a book called Running of the Bride. It's pretty good. And I want to publish it. But, as any writer knows, it's uber difficult to catch an editor's attention unless you have a) a platform, meaning a group of people who already know about and support your work or b) a sex tape. In lieu of losing 10 pounds to prepare for the latter, I'm hoping to build traction by strong-arming innocent people into "liking" my Facebook page. Help a sister out, please!

www.facebook.com/printmybook

1222 days ago
32.

b    

It is coming out next week he banged her mom

1222 days ago
33.

Alpine    

You have no kids together and you were only married two years yet you want SPOUSAL SUPPORT? That's ridiculous. Stop money grubbing. You've got a job. Pay your own bills.

1222 days ago
34.

summer    

Jennifer will spill the dirt once she realizes she is not getting all the spousal support she thinks she deserves.

I can't wait until next season to see what they do with these two and whether she is written off.

1222 days ago
35.

Lisa    

Tick. Tick. Tick. Dexter. That's your marriage coming to an end!

1222 days ago
36.

BB in CA    

Poor Michael - another man having to learn the hard way that woman can be cruel. You DO NOT have to marry your next love. And if you do, do an airtight prenup.

1222 days ago
37.

SNAFU    

Why do so many celebs even bother with marriage? They just make a joke of it

1222 days ago
38.

Athina    

What a greedy bag. She has a major role on Dexter, is obviously making good money, and she's asking for spousal support? There's not even any children involved. I have just lost all respect for her. I hope her request is denied.

1222 days ago
39.

Julia M.    

I thought Hall was gay and this was just a marriage of friends for whatever purposes.

1222 days ago
40.

erolwmadore    

Oh no this is not happening! Will this spoil the show for next season? When will we know the truth behind all this? Divorce, divorce, divorce. Ok for all ladies out there who's facing the same thing, try and save your relationship. Many tips can be found here http://erolexplain.com so read on. Get your men down on his knees and give you the world. PEACE!

1221 days ago
41.

Lamont Harden    

Spousal support, This is what this is really about, she wants her bills paid. Seems whenever there is money involved the couple never reconciles.

1221 days ago
42.

betty    

Julia issued a statement saying: 'we are just friends'...hum, hum, where did I heard that before?...a couple??..of assasins just like Mr. and Mrs. movie? ..you get it?..same old, same old.

1221 days ago
43.

R Aikey    

He is better off, she looks like a man and Julia Stiles is HOTT

1221 days ago
44.

Jeanieq    

A person can ask as little as a dollar a month spousal support, that can be increased at a later date if you need more. Usually the lawyers put it in there, I know they always suggest it to the Petitioner. He can put it in his divorce papers as well. It's just a shame that they split.

1221 days ago
45.

Aaron Swanson    

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LMFAO I knew it "Dex" is way to cute for her anyways

1221 days ago
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