Marriage was NOT as good as it gets for Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife -- she just filed for separation from the Oscar-winning actor after 20 years of marriage, TMZ has learned.
Sara Kapfer filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. She and Cuba were high school sweethearts and got married in 1994. They have 3 children, 2 of whom are minors.
Sara wants joint legal and physical custody. According to the docs, child support will be determined later.
It's surprising -- just last year, Cuba gushed about his wife on "The View," talking about how wonderful it is to be married to someone for so long.
My Hubby Ripped Me Off!!!
4/22/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Walmart heiress who just filed for divorce did so because she believes her husband RIPPED HER OFF.
Paige Laurie Dubbert filed a civil lawsuit against Patrick Bode Dubbert shortly after filing for divorce. In the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she claims Patrick funneled huge sums of money out of a business he was running -- a retail center in Malibu.
Paige says Patrick convinced her to let him hire his buddy as co-manager of the project. The 2 men allegedly then promptly made themselves the general contractors of the project ... bumping their fees from $15K a month to $70K a month.
Paige claims her husband and the other guy were totally incompetent to be general contractors, and it was simply a shameless money grab.
Paige said Patrick was also paying himself $250K a year to manage the project, on top of the other fees.
It makes the divorce all the more interesting ... because she's agreed to pay him spousal support under their prenup.
Walmart Heiress Divorce
I'm So Rich, I'll Pay His Support
4/22/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The heiress to the Walmart fortune is so rich she's asking a judge to allow her husband to take her to the cleaners.
Paige Laurie Dubbert -- whose mother inherited a multi-BILLION dollar chunk of the Walmart fortune -- just filed legal docs to end her 5 year marriage to Patrick Bode Dubbert.
Not surprisingly ... they signed a prenup, presumably protecting her fortune, but at the same time it gives her hubby the right to get spousal support if they divorce.
Well, almost 6 years of marriage, they're divorcing. In the legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Paige cites irreconcilable differences.
Apparently the spousal support won't put a dent in her wallet, because Paige says she's more than happy to write the check based on the amount agreed upon in the prenup.
She also wants to legally change her name back to Elizabeth Paige Laurie.
Elizabeth made headlines in 2005 ... when she surrendered her degree from USC ... after school officials learned she paid someone to write her term paper.
Save money. Live Better ... most of the time.
Eliza Coupe Divorce
No Happy Ending
She's Paying Up Big Time!
4/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Eliza Coupe should have known this was a possibility when she married a puppeteer ... TMZ has learned she's been ordered to pay her ex spousal support and a six-figure lump sum to boot!
As TMZ first reported, Randall Whittinghill filed for divorce from the "Happy Endings" star last July after five years of marriage (literally -- the date of separation on the divorce docs is listed as their five-year anniversary).
According to divorce docs obtained by TMZ ... Whittinghill and Coupe have come to agreement on how to divvy things up ... and Whittinghill made out quite well. The docs say Coupe has to fork over $7,000 a month in spousal support as well as a lump sum payment of $306,000.
The gravy train comes to an abrupt halt in 2 years or when Whittinghill gets re-hitched ... whichever comes first.
In January, USA picked up Eliza's next show to series ... so she won't be hurting too bad.
Files for Divorce from Amy Poehler
4/16/2014 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is not a trick, Michael -- "Arrested Development" star Will Arnett has officially filed for divorce from Amy Poehler ... nearly two years after the couple separated.
According to court documents, Arnett wants joint legal and physical custody of their two sons aged 5 and 3. He also wants visitation.
43-year-old Arnett and 42--year-old Poehler got married in 2003.
Since they separated, Arnett has reportedly been dating Billy Joel's ex-wife Katie Lee and Poehler has been linked to comedian Nick Kroll.
This is Arnett's second divorce and Poehler's first.
TV Star Giselle Fernandez
NEWSFLASH ... It's Over ... And I'm Rich
4/15/2014 4:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Journalist and TV host Giselle Fernandez just lost 180 pounds ... by dumping her husband after 11 years of marriage ... and according to legal docs, she's quick to point out ... she makes a fortune.
52-year-old Fernandez filed for legal separation from business exec John Farrand on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences.
And this is interesting ... Giselle is NOT asking for spousal support, saying in her docs, "I was the breadwinner." Giselle claims she typically works 40 hours a week and earns an impressive $41,667 per month.
Other fun stuff -- Fernandez claims she spends $6,500 a month on rent and $2,000 on GROCERIES.
The couple was married at their Beverly Hills home back in November 2002. They have a 7-year-old daughter, and Giselle wants joint custody.
In addition to "Access Hollywood," Fernandez guest anchored for "CBS Early Show," "CBS Evening News," "NBC Today," "NBC Nightly News," and even appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" (she didn't last long).
Johnny to Victor
There Will Be No Mutual Masturbation
From Here on Out!
4/15/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Weir wrote a 5-page post-nup which is part of his newfangled reconciliation package with Victor Voronov -- and Johnny makes it clear mutual masturbation will NOT be tolerated.
TMZ broke the story ... Johnny and Victor agreed over the weekend to call off their divorce, but Victor wanted Johnny to sign a document apologizing for trashing Victor in the media and promising to keep Johnny's mom out of their relationship.
So Johnny fired back with a document of his own, which, among other things, defines the type of cheating that will not be tolerated. The document -- obtained by TMZ -- lists the following:
-- sex outside the marriage
-- oral sex outside the marriage
-- kissing or making out
-- aggressive flirting
-- mutual masturbation
-- social media/grindr/dating
And it gets better. According to the document, if either one has a situation where they're "in close range or contact with someone from our past or someone to be part of the future" ... the other can veto the contact. Johnny specifically gives an example of a figure skater he dated.
The document also requires joint STD tests every 6 months with the results being read with both in the room.
And there's a section about splitting assets if they ultimately get divorced: "Should a gift be given, i.e., the Cartier Roadster (R.I.P.), the gift belongs to you." Someone broke the watch!
And finally ... there's a section titled "Ultimatums." Johnny lists examples of Victor's ultimatums, including, "If I give you one more day to get your bank records to me, then I want to have a free f*** of anyone I want."
Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie
Do They Look Separated to You?
4/14/2014 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie don't look like people that recently separated ... instead, they were hanging together at Coachella this weekend looking every bit the married couple.
Duff and her NHL player hubby announced their separation back in January, but still managed to take a family vacation together over Valentine's Day (see below).
Perhaps this relationship isn't over until the divorce attorney sings.
Johnny Weir, Victor Voronov
But Only If Johnny ...
4/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Clear the mantle ... the Faberge Eggs are coming home, because TMZ has learned Johnny Weir's super-nasty divorce to Victor Voronov is off ... but there are strings attached.
TMZ broke the story ... Johnny blindsided Victor with divorce papers last month and things turned immediately ugly with each accusing the other of heinous conduct.
Now multiple sources connected to the couple tell TMZ ... over the weekend Victor and Johnny agreed to reconcile and Johnny plans to move back into the family homestead today. He was in L.A. shooting a show over the weekend.
Now the strings ... we're told Victor wants Johnny to sign a document agreeing to publicly apologize for all the nasty things he said about Victor. Johnny must also agree in writing that he will no longer let his mother meddle in the marriage ... and she has to keep her nose out of their finances.
We're told they were squabbling Sunday over the document ... what a shock.
Estranged Wife Crumbles
in Burial War
4/11/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mickey Rooney can finally rest in peace -- his estranged wife has agreed to give up her fight to have the actor buried in a small family plot 30 miles West of Hollywood ... so he can be buried with movie legends instead.
Jan Rooney -- who separated from Mickey two years ago -- just filed legal docs, agreeing to let Rooney be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, alongside film legends like Cecil B. DeMille, and Rudolph Valentino.
Jan wrote, "Despite my strong desires to be buried with my husband, I feel that I owe it to Mickey's fans to allow Mickey to be buried alongside other members of Hollywood royalty."
Jan claims Mickey had long wanted to be buried with his mother at a nearby family plot, but Mickey's lawyers have said the actor changed his tune in the wake of the couple's split ... wanting to be buried somewhere with a connection to Hollywood film stars instead.
It's unclear when the burial will take place.
11:30AM PT -- A judge just ruled that Mickey's stepson and his wife cannot attend the services, per the new burial agreement.
Let Freedom Ring
4/11/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Unlike his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Coldplay singer Chris Martin isn't wasting any time showing off his new "uncoupled" status to the world -- stepping out in NYC this week with no wedding ring on his finger.
As we reported, Gwyneth and Chris announced their separation last month -- aka their "conscious uncoupling."
But Gwyneth is obviously taking a much slower approach to letting go of their 11-year marriage -- the actress was seen still wearing her wedding ring in L.A. on Sunday.
Moon Zappa Divorce
Our Kid Will Still Get the Star Treatment
4/11/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Moon Zappa and "Matchbox Twenty" drummer Paul Doucette just finalized their divorce ... and they agree on one thing ... their daughter will live like a glamorous Hollywood princess.
According to their divorce docs ... 9-year-old Mathilda will get the standard celeb kid trappings -- private schools and music lessons -- but Moon and Paul also signed off on ... "photo or video shoots for Mathilda's career."
Also ... they've agreed to never allow her to be "baby-sat by a hotel baby-sitting service, fun rooms or the equivalent."
The docs show Doucette will pay Zappa $8K a month in spousal support for the next 5 years ... and another $6K a month in child support.
Plus, they'll split the money Paul made from more than 50 songs he's written or co-written -- including "Matchbox Twenty" gems ... "If You're Gone" and "How Far We've Come."
Sappy adult contemporary -- supporting famous kids since 2014.
'Cosby Show' Star
Wife Crushes 'Cockroach'
Files for Divorce
4/10/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who played Martin's pal on TV is in the market for a new wingman -- Carl Payne's wife has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Melika Payne cites irreconcilable differences in the docs she filed last month in L.A. County Superior Court. The couple has a son, and she's asking for sole physical custody and joint legal.
Melika also wants spousal support from Carl -- who's probably best known as Walter "Cockroach" Bradley ... Theo's pal on "The Cosby Show."
Carl and Melika got married back in 1992 -- the same year he started on "Martin" -- and separated in 2012.
Small consolation, but 20-years is a pretty damn good run in Hollywood ... or just about anywhere, these days.