Two Hollywood actresses recently filed for divorce from their husbands in Los Angeles. The cases offer glimpses of some common claims brought in divorce petitions, such as the most frequently-pleaded ground for divorce, issues pertaining to property division and support payments, and child custody.
Danica McKellar, the actress and author best known for her leading role on the sitcom The Wonder Years, filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court from her husband, composer Mike Verta. The two have been married just over three years, and they have a one year-old son. They reportedly separated at the end of May, about a week before McKellar filed her petition. She cites irreconcilable differences as the sole ground for divorce. She is asking for joint legal custody of their son. The couple allegedly has a pre-nuptial agreement, according to the news media, which should eliminate the need for litigation over property.
The actress Debra Messing has also filed for divorce from her husband of over eleven years, screenwriter Daniel Zelman, in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple separated last year. They have an eight year-old son. Messing claimed irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition, and she is asking the court to order child and spousal support