It appears that nobody is immune to “irreconcilable differences” when it comes to marriage and the tenuous threads that hold relationships together. As aBirmingham divorce attorney, I have seen my share of difficult separations and complicated divorce cases. And, while the Hollywood crowd is perhaps more prone to marital troubles than the rest of us, it's sad indeed to hear about those famous long-term married couples who are headed toward divorce.
Such is the case with actor-producer Mel Gibson and his wife, Robyn. Married since 1980, Gibson himself has been plagued by scandals for some time, which the tabloids have covered ad nauseum. A self-proclaimed and ardent follower of the Catholic faith, Gibson will soon have to face the music now that his wife has filed for divorce, citing those same irreconcilable differences.
The Gibsons have no prenuptial agreement, according to reports, and Robyn Gibson is seeking spousal support and custody of their 10-year-old son — the only minor among their seven kids. Although the scandal sheets have more than suggested infidelity, many observers describe the Gibson case as more complicated, pointing out that the couple's marriage has been in trouble for almost three years.
Hollywood insiders cite Mr. Gibson's well-publicized 2006 DUI arrest as the milepost marking the beginning of the discord between husband and wife. Reportedly, the two have been living apart and maintaining separate residences in the Malibu area for more than two years.
From a legal perspective, the date of separation, which reports say is yet to be determined, will mark the point where spousal earnings cease to be community property. But this may be academic. By even the most conservative estimates, Mel Gibson's net worth is close to $1 billion, and since California is a no-fault, community-property state, all assets are split 50-50 and infidelity is not taken into consideration.
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Sideshow: Mel Gibson's wife wants out, Philly.com, April 14, 2009
Oksana No. 4 seen behind Mel Gibson's door, NYDailyNews.com, April 19, 2009