Last month, Cuba Gooding Jr.s' wife filed for legal separation from the actor after 20 years of marriage. According to documents filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple has been married since 1994. On April 16, 2014, his soon-to-be ex-wife cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the couple's legal separation, although it is unclear exactly what those differences are.
For his part, the 46-year-old actor has spoken well of his wife, telling a talk show interviewer that the couple had met in high school. They developed a loving relationship that followed them through college, marriage and parenthood. The couple began to deal with an empty nest as two of their children begin to leave the home. The couple has three kids, ages 19, 17 and 8.
The actor's wife works as a schoolteacher, but is reportedly requesting spousal support. She has asked the court for joint legal and physical custody of two of the children who are still minors.
If you are considering a divorce, you should know that the state of Maryland allows for two types of divorces: a limited divorce and an absolute divorce. Perhaps the biggest difference in the two is that that the absolute divorce requires that the couple must have lived separately and apart for at least one year.
However, you may want to first meet with a legal professional to help you decide which option is best for your particular situation. For example, you and your spouse may be having a mutual and voluntary split as it appears Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife are going through. Whatever your circumstances are, it is always a good idea to get the opinion of someone with years of experience in these particular matters to help you decide your best option.
Source: Headline and Global News, "Cuba Gooding Jr. Divorce: Actor's Wife Sara Kapfer Files For Legal Separation After 20 Years" Dina Exil, Apr. 24, 2014