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Martin Lawrence Seeks Divorce, Joint Custody of Daughters

Martin Lawrence filed for divorce from wife, Shamicka, seeking joint custody of their two daughters and requesting their assets be divided as outlined in their prenuptial agreement.

The Big Momma’s House star legally separated from wife Shamicka on April 24, one day before he officially filed divorce papers, according to TMZ. He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce in his petition to the Los Angeles Superior Court, according to People.Com.

Though the couple has been officially married for less than two years, Lawrence and his wife were together for 15 years prior to their marriage. They have two daughters, 9-year-old Amara Trinity and 11-year-old Iyanna.

“Out of love and respect for one another we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together,” they said in a joint statement.

Lawrence’s divorce papers show that he is seeking joint physical custody and joint legal custody of his children, meaning the children would spend their time evenly between the couple and all decisions about the children’s welfare will be made by both Lawrence and Shamicka, according to Reuters.

A prenuptial agreement usually does not affect decisions surrounding the legal custody of children. Prenups focus generally on personal and marital property owned by the couple and how it will be split.

Lawrence has hired Beverly Hills divorce attorney Lance Speigel, who has represented Charlie Sheen and Michael Jackson, amongst others.

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