John Mellencamp divorce papers have been filed
The filing was handled in Brown County, Indiana, last Friday, according to People.
It was "a good place to file because this is a very quiet and out of the way," a lawyer familiar with the case told the mag Wednesday.
On New Year's Eve, when the couple released a statement that their 18-year marriage was ending, it was unclear whether papers had been officially filed.
Mellencamp has been low-key dating Meg Ryan for about two months -- with the heartland rocker reportedly separated from his third wife before getting together with the actress.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin Mellencamp in early 2002. Credit: Alan Diaz / Associated Press.