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Peter Facinelli

Files for Divorce

from Jennie Garth

3/28/2012 2:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It was only a matter of time ... but Peter Facinelli has finally filed divorce papers in an effort to end his marriage to Jennie Garth.

According to the docs, filed moments ago at L.A. County Superior Court, Facinelli cites "irreconcilable differences" for the split. Facinelli also wants joint physical and legal custody for their 3 minor daughters.

Interesting timing -- considering the two were spotted out shopping together in L.A. just this weekend.

0328-petere-facinelli-jenni-garth-x17-3In the docs, filed by Facinelli's attorney Terry Levich Ross, the actor notes the date of separation is January 1, 2012. The couple was married in 2001.

Garth's lawyer, Melanie Mandles, simultaneously filed a response to the divorce petition ... in which she requests to have her name legally changed from Jennifer Facinelli back to Jennifer Garth.

Garth also checked the boxes for joint physical and legal custody of their children. According to the docs, both Peter and Jennie have agreed to pay for legal fees.

The couple announced the split earlier this month in a joint statement that said, "While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children."

Jennie recently admitted Peter's work on the "Twilight" movies put a strain on their relationship ... telling People.com, "He did everything he could to fly back every weekend ... [but] it took a real toll on our marriage."

Garth also said Facinelli asked her for a divorce last fall ... and it took her a while to "come to peace with it."

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1.

Pudding Tang    

of course it wouldn't work, he's a gay vampire!!!

855 days ago
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DavidStar12    

Noooooooo :(

855 days ago
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DavidStar12    

i liked them together crap! :/

855 days ago
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scoopie    

He wants custody? This is gonna be ugly.

855 days ago
5.

Jack    

Just like 90210, all bad things must eventually end. Heartbreaking news, just heartbreaking.

855 days ago
6.

Jay W.     

Good luck to the both of you !

855 days ago
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sPaNkdEnALgAs    

Wow, how sad. Another Hollywood marriage goes kaboom...

855 days ago
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DavidStar12    

i hate divorce, y can't 2 grown up adults just work it out? smh

855 days ago
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DavidStar12    

HULK SMASH!!!! PUNY VAMPIRE!

855 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

C'mon, How long did you guys think he could sleep with that cold fish before he would desire something hot?

855 days ago
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Phreaky    

Wow didn't expect him to be the one filing. That is usually arranged beforehand so that the female can file, you know, it "looks" better. At least among famous people.

855 days ago
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Brett G    

Looks like Mike Dexter is single again...look out ladies

855 days ago
13.

Sam    

wow at him filing. she sounds like a bitch she blamed their entire divorce on him just so she can sell her reality show

855 days ago
14.

Kelly    

She got old and he's gay so there you go. Best for all in the long run.

855 days ago
15.

Bu    

How long before Peter steps out with his new gal pal?

855 days ago
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