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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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31.

Bitchmaster    

Why do they even bother to get married? These people live life outside of the normal world. They have no idea what giving yourself, body and soul to your wife/husband is? How to live life unselfishly and adjust to changes in life. Now the kids will grow up with a broken home. Good start for their young life. Sheesh!

917 days ago
32.

Perky    

He'll probably be trading up, whilst she'll have to trade down unfortunately. He's hotter than her, and she was never really hot, and now is cooling to the point of she'll be lucky to score a short dentist with a tiny peen.

917 days ago
33.

lanie    

I love Jennie. I met her once and she was ridiculously sweet and beautiful in person. She got with him when he was a NOBODY and she was at the height of her success.... and he was a bit of a nothing.

As soon as he got success with Twilight - he dropped her. He's likely eyeing the teens and twenty-something Twilight groupies, who are in love with the characters.

So he will go from gold digger/fame seeker - to gold digger/fame seeker... who only want to be with him because of his Twilight fame and fortune.

Jennie loved him when he was a NO ONE... and you can tell that she madly, deeply loved him and was devoted to him - just by reading interviews and the things she's said..and the fact that again -- she was with the guy when he was a NO ONE.

The grass is always greener on the other side.... until you go to the other side and realize that it's actually a lot worse.

Good luck, Peter... You dumped a woman who really loved you - and now you'll be stuck with women who only want to be with the guy from Twilight, not PETER... You'll likely never feel true, real, pure love again... You messed up big time!

Jennie, I hope you find a REAL man, who will love and treasure you, like you deserve... You're beautiful,sweet, smart and fun....and you deserve SO much better than this skirt chaser.

917 days ago
34.

thewedge    

Sad...

917 days ago
35.

DMP    

How sad........

917 days ago
36.

Missy    

Why so much hate? At least they are trying to maintain a good relationship for their children. Unlike most divorced couples. Being in show biz is going to be hard on any relationship,and having hateful people such as tmz,who lives to just trash you doesn't help. Jennie is going great on the new 90210, and Peter is doing great on Nurse Jackie.

917 days ago
37.

jeff    

He's in the twilight movies and he has 3 kids with her. Time to get a new vagina. You know what they say..."Out with the old, in with the new".(less stretched out vagina)

917 days ago
38.

Amazed    

Things look very strained, by the looks of that body language. Not sure how much "fun" those kids have with the two of them barely tolerating each other when they are together "for the children".

917 days ago
39.

karri    

Peter... the thing is you have 3 daughters, and that both of you can not work this out is a joke... PETER, YOU ARE DAMAGING YOUR DAUGHTERS WITH THIS... GO TO COUNSELING AND SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE. I don't thing couples realize how much long term damage does to kids.. especially little girls!!

917 days ago
40.

Keksi    

He cheated on her with Shannen Doherty.

917 days ago
41.

Tammy    

Dude pulled a Davis Boreanaz: got famous and dumped his wife. I wonder if he'll marry a playboy playmate like David? S***.

917 days ago
42.

Cartman    

It's a shame Jennie Garth married a homo. Word in Hollywood is that Facinelli now prefers the peen.

917 days ago
43.

Ashley    

"Facinelli asked her for a divorce last fall ... and it took her a while to ‘come to peace with it’." Imagine being so in love with your husband and he wants out of the marriage....that must be so heartbreaking for her, and for the kids to be part of "joint custody" where they can't have both parents with them but have to make do with the arrangement. Very sad. Jenny Garth's always smiling and friendly, I hope she finds a guy who truly truly loves her for everything that's special about her and stays in love till "death do us part".

917 days ago
44.

Ashley    

"Facinelli asked her for a divorce last fall ... and it took her a while to "come to peace with it." Imagine being so in love with your husband and he wants out of the marriage....that must be so heartbreaking for her, and for the kids to be part of "joint custody" where they can't have both parents with them but have make do with the arrangement. Very sad. Jenny Garth's always smiling and friendly, I hope she finds a guy who truly truly loves her for everything that's special about her and stays in love till "death do us part".

917 days ago
45.

a long time Leno fan!    

Kim K in the foreground? ooooouuuch..

917 days ago
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