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Kobe Bryant divorce: Couple will share custody of 2 daughters

December 16, 2011 |  6:32 pm

Click here to see more photos.Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant plan to share custody of their two children, according to divorce papers filed in Orange County court Friday.

DivorceIn the document, Vanessa Bryant cited "irreconcilable differences" in seeking a divorce from the Lakers star. The document also said the couple will share both physical and legal custody of their daughters, Natalia, 8, and Giana, 5.

While Vanessa Bryant filed the papers Friday stating her intentions to end her 10-year marriage to the Lakers star, the documents were signed earlier this month.

PHOTOS: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant through the years

In a statement released by their publicist, the couple said a final judgment for the marriage will be filed with the Orange County court in 2012.

"We ask that in the interest of our young children, and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time," they said in the statement.
Vanessa Bryant is being represented by noted divorce attorney Laura Wasser.

-- Victoria Kim and Lauren Williams in Orange

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, attend the skills competition at the NBA basketball All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas in February. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press