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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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46.

JustJenna    

I don't understand Jennie's assertion that distance during filming lead to their eventual divorce. If they had really wanted to be together during that time, they could have been. Jennie isn't working and seems to want to be home with the kids. She and the children could easily have moved to wherever Twilight was being filmed for the duration of the shoot. Yes, she would have had to take the kids out of school, but really is that such a huge deal? Peter's rider could have demanded a trailer for Jennie and the children, as well as an on set tutor and nanny for the children -- i.e. homeschooling on the set of Twilight. Imagine how cool that would be for the kids to experience and tell their friends about at the end of the shoot! Or they could have gone to a private school in whatever city Twilight was being filmed during that time while Jennie spent time on set with her husband during breaks from shooting. A lot of spouses do that.
I have a hard time believing that their marriage dissolved simply due to distance. With their resources, visiting should've been a snap. And if he couldn't come to her, she could have gone to him. After all, she was nowhere near as busy as he. I have a feeling there is a lot more to this than she is willing to let on. And that's fine, the private details of their marriage are their business. I just hope, especially for the sake of the children, that cheating was not involved. And that Peter does not step out with his new fling any time soon. It's hard enough to endure your parents divorcing, but to have it happen in the public eye is so much worse. Lets hope they show class and refrain from any new relationships for a respectable period of time.

917 days ago
47.

i♥tom    

is that kim k's arse in the photo? lol

916 days ago
48.

Pris    

These stars just kill me. You hear so often from them how being apart while they are away making tons of money, it is hard on their relationships. Well how about us military families that dont sometimes see there spouses, and kids for a year or more at a time. And we are not making tons of money, and we make our relationships work. And these stars can fly back and forth to see each other on the weekends. Really we are to feel sorry for them. I don't think so.

916 days ago
49.

BB not bb    

I feel sorry for her because she was trying to come to terms with it for a year and he still wouldn't give it up. What is so bad about her that he has to run for his life? Maybe he just got his head twisted from being in that trashy smutty Twilight series, which I refuse to even watch. Maybe he thinks he needs a supernatural being now to be his bride.


Divorce is too easy. You shouldn't be able to say that you spent time apart and now can't be reconciled to your wife. That is your own fault, not hers. Marriage hurts both people, not just the one getting divorced. If he is in so much agony to stay with her, maybe he needs to find out what his wrong with himself instead of also hurting her and their kids.


I think alot of stars break up or get divorced after being in movies because the fantasy they act out every day gets to their heads and they can't tell it from reality any more. Then the press attention gets to their heads and they think they are more important than they are and try to get something different.


All in all, it is a shame and I think I blame him.

916 days ago
50.

Ellen    

Typical s***bag husband...got a lot of attention for his recent career success ...forgets who stood by him while he climbed the ladder of that success. Love Jenni Garth!

916 days ago
51.

miko    

what happen her hand?

916 days ago
52.

Logan R    

She went on DWTS to get the weight off, which I'm sure she did for him. It looks like she couldn't keep it off and that was the deal breaker. Loving them Hollywood types.

916 days ago
53.

Christy    

How did Kim K and her big azz get into this photo????

916 days ago
54.

dee    

That's too bad...................

916 days ago
55.

ugh..really?     

Peter really threw in the towel quick. 3 kids? eh they will have to get over it. Hollywood is full of douchebags. Feel really sorry for Jennie.

916 days ago
56.

Anonymous    

You poor thing Jennie. You had a man who worked his ass off to provide for his family. What do you want, a man who sits on his ass and plays video games all day!!! I know a few, I'll hook you up!!!!!!

916 days ago
57.

Marlene Murguia    

So what if his job put a strain on your marriage, you work through it or u do anything to make it work again. People these days give up on marriage to easily, take the vows serious, celebrity or not. Sad for the kids who hve deal wt this divorce.

916 days ago
58.

Tomy    

thats because he is GAY

916 days ago
59.

maria    

Can you read his body language his arms crossed against his chest ...it is sad, he doesn't want nothing to do with her poor girl when love stops not matter what, he is not loving you not more!

916 days ago
60.

Beth    

So sad. They acted like they were in love. But then again...they are actors :(

916 days ago
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