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Martin Lawrence

Files for Divorce

4/30/2012 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Martin Lawrence
has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.

Martin filed the docs in L.A. County Superior Court -- citing "irreconcilable differences."

Martin and his wife Shamicka got married on July 10, 2010 -- and separated just last week on April 24th. Martin filed for divorce the very next day.

The couple has two children -- 11-year-old Iyanna and 9-year-old Amara Trinity. Martin wants joint physical/legal custody.

Oh yeah -- There IS a prenup.

Martin and his wife have released a joint statement, claiming, "Out of love and respect for one another, we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together."

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1.

YdoIreadthisstuff    

Prenup! Smart man!

904 days ago
2.

rjinchi    

Shamikia? WTF?

904 days ago
3.

shearee     

I hope they can work it out for the kids really prenup never knew Martin was worth anything anymore thought his money would have been long gone have not seen him on the screen now Martin living Single WASupppppp

904 days ago
4.

SImon    

I'm just caught up on the 'SHAMICKA' part of the story. As an African American, I can say with all sincerity that if my MAMA named me SHAMICKA, I would get a paper route as a child, and sell lemonade to change my name and then continue to work to hire a lawyer for emancipation from said MAMA and file a CIVIL LAWSUIT agains SAID MAMA for DAMAGES!!!

904 days ago
5.

Dom The Mover    

was he foolin around with sha nay nay

904 days ago
6.

Timmy Boy    

Out of love my A**.
If you love eachother stay married

904 days ago
7.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

How in the fk do you even allow yourself to marry someone named SHAMICKA?...That should have been a sign Martin.

904 days ago
8.

DES    

Shamika: if you are stupid enough to marry someone named after the star of the Compton Sea World exhibit, you deserve to lose half of your cash.

904 days ago
9.

TMP    

Couples sign preups before they get married for THIS exact reason. The divorce rate in the US is insane.. it's almost to 64%. Anyone with a decent amount of money knows better than to get married without one.. it doesn't always keep everything away from the other person. There is a chance that she could get a decent "severance payment". Prenups are not trustworthiness... they are about protecting the assets you worked hard for. These two seem like they are at least going through a civil divorce, for the sake of their kids. That's to be commended in this day and age.

903 days ago
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Snooki'sHairBump    

Damn. I didn't even know he was married. Oh well. At least he was smart enough to get a prenup.

903 days ago
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MONIQUE910    

Everyone on here are saying they wouldn't marry anyone named Shamicka... Well would you marry a Beyonce? Because I put that name in the same category. No one can help what their mother named them. You can't judge a person by their name. Maybe she's a great person. You all are really sad.

903 days ago
12.

Canadasux    

How about instead: "Out of love and respect for one another" we will stay married! Celebrity bullsh*t is the worst!

903 days ago
13.

toni    

do u guys think becky and lindsay are normal names?!?! in every country there are names that may be strange sounding to us but a common name somewhere else...I digusted by all of the CLOSET racists that I come across on these comments boards...u suckers r cowards hiding behind your screens feeling big balled to type all this racsits stuff.. good luck facing God with all of ur racist stereotypes...

903 days ago
14.

voiceofreason    

This backs up my comment regarding Usher. I advise entertainers and athletes to stay away from women with names such as Temeka, Shanika, etc.!

902 days ago
15.

norm    

He's not that funny any way, probably what his wife figured out.

902 days ago
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