Months after separating from entertainer Jennifer Lopez, singer Marc Anthony has filed a petition for divorce. The couple married seven years ago, but announced their split in July 2011. They have 4-year-old twins. Anthony specified "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for his divorce filing.
According to media reports, Anthony wants to share legal and physical custody of the children. He also made known his wishes to deny spousal support to Lopez, though she has not yet requested it.
The two, thus far, seem to have moved on as friends and business partners. They have continued to appear together on stage and also have made several appearances in support of their ventures.
When the couple first split up, rumors swirled that Anthony could not cope with his wife's success. Her star was reignited last year after she accepted a position as a judge on "American Idol." Anthony has said he has nothing but happiness for her.
Lopez was twice married and divorced when she and Anthony married. Anthony, who has three children from previous relationships, previously was married and divorced once. Lopez and Anthony now have both moved on with new partners, with their relationships becoming fodder for the tabloids.
With both spouses exceptionally wealthy because of music and other entertainment ventures, it is unlikely that there will be much by way of money changing hands between the two in a settlement. And with the divorce now getting endless tabloid attention, it is important that the couple ignore the rumors and work toward a settlement that keeps the children's best interests at heart.
Source: Fox News Latino, "Marc Anthony Officially Files for Divorce from Jennifer Lopez," Kacy Capobres, April 12, 2012