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DeBarge Brother

Files for Divorce

5/19/2012 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jonathan Arthur "Chico" DeBarge
(from DeBarge) has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.

Chico filed the papers in L.A. County Superior Court against his wife Andrea DeBarge, citing "irreconcilable differences."

According to the docs, the couple was married in 1996 and separated in 2005. It's unclear why the divorce took so long.

They have four children -- but here's the interesting part ... Chico wants NO custody whatsoever, simply asking for visitation rights.

Two of the children were born before the marriage, and by the looks of the papers, Chico's not convinced they're all his -- because he's also asking to take a paternity test to prove he's the daddy ... that is, before he starts shelling out child support.

Calls to Andrea weren't returned.

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Butters_Creamy_Goo    

First!!!!!!!

856 days ago
2.

Majestik    

So two were born before 1996 and he's waited all this time to ask for a paternity test? I just hope those two children who have been calling him Dad all this time don't HURT at his motion. What a douche-bag.

856 days ago
3.

stu    

U R THE FATHER! Happy Fathers Day Chico.
Luv Maury Povich.

856 days ago
4.

Bridget    

So these kids are old enough to know exactly whats going on. So they know their father doesn't want to claim them and he doesn't want custody of them.


Geee what a nice fella...


It will be funny when he gets elderly and wants his kids to take care of HIM. And then they can tell him to take a LONG walk off a SHORT pier.

856 days ago
5.

Throwback kid    

Thank you TMZ for breaking this story! we were all wondering how this D lister's marriage was going? Now we know because TMZ was there with the breaking news. Will TMZ be letting us know what the Bay City Rollers are up to these days?

856 days ago
6.

Jackie    

PRICK. Karma will get ya back.

856 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

DeBarge is a name that's equal to bad karma.

856 days ago
8.

Velvet    

What is a debarge?

856 days ago
9.

Sociopaths are Sad    

If he ACTED as a father from 1996 and since the kids were born, then it doesn't really matter if he's the biological dad or not. He's still on the hook for support.
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If I'm not mistaken, the laws are that you have 1 year from the birth of the child to contest paternity. If you wait longer than that, you are responsible for the child whether it is your biological child or not.
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Sorry, um, "Chico"

856 days ago
10.

lookItsMegRyan    

File for divorce from those glasses.

856 days ago
11.

Mazor    

Who?

855 days ago
12.

Brad     

Excuse me, but at this point, who really cares?

855 days ago
13.

Randi    

I know the mom and kids - she is a warm, nice loving mom - nice, sweet, good kids. She's kept them on a great track. Those kids are proud of their dad - such a bummer that he would humiliate them with the paternity test bit - bad enough that he walked out on the family. Good that they are part of a community of people that care about them - let this one go, TMZ - it's only the nice kids that will get hurt from more coverage - please don't give this guy any more PR.

855 days ago
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shearee     

Its funny how when your with some of these so called men married or dating them and you have kids they have no problem taking care of them when your together but soon as you leave and go threw the courts they all of sudden want paternity test and don't feel they need to pay child support just don't make no sense. see this type of stuff everyday threw our court system he needs to grow up and man up.

855 days ago
15.

Zelco surf    

Chico is a pathetic douch bag. His children are good children and anyone would be proud to claim them. Andrea and her children are better off without him. He and that family are cursed. He is a washed up has been anyway. Enjoy your 15secs on the hearts of your children, jerk!

855 days ago
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