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David Arquette

Files for Divorce

From Courteney Cox

6/12/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Arquette
has officially filed legal documents to finally divorce his estranged wife, Courteney Cox ... TMZ has learned.

Arquette cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. David filed the documents on Friday ... right before he went to Israel and got Bar Mitzvah'd.

He is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Coco, who turns 8 tomorrow.

He did not ask for spousal or child support.  There is no mention of how the property will be divided.

According to the docs, David is representing himself in the divorce -- he does not have a lawyer.

David signed the divorce documents on March 23, 2012 ... so it appears he's been holding them for nearly 3 months.

The couple married on June 12, 1999 -- exactly 13 years ago -- after meeting on the set of "Scream" back in 1995.

David and Courteney first announced their separation back in October 2010 ... with both sides saying they were "best friends" who were committed to raising their daughter together.

At the time of the initial separation, the couple released a joint statement saying, "The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage."

David and Courteney appeared on the Howard Stern radio show together last year--  and when Howard asked if they would ever reconcile David made it clear he WANTED to ... but Courteney insisted they were better off apart.



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863 days ago


Best of luck for both of them!!!

863 days ago


Wow, he's really doing Courtney a favor. Especially by representing himself. But then, he's always been a little not quite with it, see

he doesn't or can't understand how it'll work out.

But then, Courtney's rational so maybe she'll go easy on him, because his releasing her, finally, is a huge gift.

863 days ago

Throwback kid    

Two C list hasbeens are getting divorced in Hollywood, wow, like who cares. Besides doing a Scream movie every 5 years does Arquette have a job?

863 days ago

Squatting Thunder    

I saw him say in an interview that she would not allow him to keep his things in the house not even in a room of his own. He likes to collect giant versions of things like giant shoes giant pencils etc. She made him put everything in storage.

863 days ago


Maybe she will take the Anne Heche route and go lesbian. She would change her last name since she no longer likes Cox...

863 days ago


BAD MOVE, on his part!

863 days ago


I guess a Promise is not a Promise

863 days ago


Gee, whatever happened to "A Deal Is A Deal"?

863 days ago


Awww David. it sounds like clean and sober had it's run. Good luck to you.

863 days ago


Hmph !! Like THiS was a shock !!

863 days ago

Mason H    

I just don't get it anymore. If Courtney were divorcing him you'd better believe she'd be asking for spousal and child support. It's 2012, why's it still considered wrong for a man to ask for the same thing a woman would demand? David should ask for support, not for revenge but because it's due and she's obviously been much more successful than he. You shouldn't be made to feel like less of a man for asking for support from your more successful ex-wife for fear of being alienated or belittled for it.

863 days ago


I imagine Courtney is a right be-yotch.

863 days ago


Sad, I hoped they would reconcile. At least it won't be an ugly, selfish mess though. It's clear they really care about each other and will jointly raise their daughter. No doubt, they'll remain the best of friends. Best wishes, Courteney & David.

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