Ashlee Simpson filed for divorce from husband Pete Wentz in L.A. County Superior Court today. As per California no-fault divorce law, Simpson cited “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for the divorce. The couple’s legal date of separation is to be determined (separation date bears on identification of marital assets for division).
The divorce docs indicate that Simpson is asking for joint legal custody and primary physical custody of two-year-old son, Bronx. She also requests child support and spousal support.
The couple married in May 2008. Bronx was born the following November.
Simpson, younger sister of singer/reality star Jessica Simpson, achieved mild success in the music industry prior to her marriage but has been largely absent from the public eye since Bronx’s birth. Wentz gained fame as bassist for music group Fall Out Boy, which has been on indefinite hiatus for the last year.
The former couple released a joint statement, saying, “After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our number one priority. We ask that everyone honor our privacy as we navigate this next phase of our lives.”
They reportedly have no prenuptial agreement. Simpson has also asked for the restoration of her maiden name.
Simpson is represented by Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser. Wentz is represented by domestic lawyer Stacy Phillips.
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