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Peter Facinelli files for divorce from Jennie Garth

March 28, 2012 |  5:27 pm

Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth

Peter Facinelli on Wednesday filed for divorce from Jennie Garth, and she in turn filed her response, making official the relationship bombshell they dropped two weeks back.

The paperwork reportedly came over the Los Angeles Superior Court transom 15 days after the couple, who have three children together, announced their plans to separate after 11 years of marriage.

"While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children," Facinelli and Garth said at the time in a joint statement. "We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time."

The reason given for the split was irreconcilable differences, apparently revolving in large part around the toll Facinelli's work schedule took on their marriage. The "Twilight Saga" and "Nurse Jackie" star was commuting to Vancouver, Canada, and New York during the week, returning to California most weekends to the family home in Santa Ynez, Garth told People. The day after announcing their split, the couple publicly denied rumors of infidelity, calling them "hurtful."

When Facinelli asked Garth last fall for a divorce, she was "very resistant," she said.

"I didn't want it to happen," she told the mag. "It took me some time to come to peace with it."

The divorce documents give the couple's separation date as Jan. 1 of this year. They are, according to TMZ, seeking joint physical and legal custody of daughters Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and 5-year-old Fiona. She is requesting her legal name be changed back to Jennie Garth from Jennie Facinelli.


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Photo: Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth in June 2010 at "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" premiere in L.A. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press