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Mel Gibson divorce: Details of settlement remain private

December 26, 2011 |  9:04 am

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson's divorce from his wife of 31 years, which was approved by a judge last week, keeps most of the settlement secret.

The agreement ends the marriage between the actor/director and Robyn Denise Moore. Gibson and Moore were married before Gibson became a Hollywood star, and they had seven children together.

It's unclear whether they had any kind of prenuptial agreement, which would play a major role in way their assets were divided in the settlement. She filed for divorce in 2009.

A Los Angeles judge approved the divorce Friday. It takes effect Jan. 9.

Legal experts said couples are allowed to keep details of divorce settlements shielded from public view. They are only required to file a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage form with the court.

In August, Gibson agreed to pay $750,000 to Oksana Grigorieva, his former girlfriend and mother of his toddler daughter, Lucia. The settlement allowed Grigorieva and the child to remain in their Sherman Oaks mansion.

An Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigation into alleged attempted extortion by Grigorieva did not result in charges. Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge involving Grigorieva.


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Photo: Mel Gibson appears in court on a domestic-violence charge in March. Gibson was accused of punching his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, and threatening her with a gun. He entered a plea of no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times