Dennis Quaid's 3rd wife files for separation, 5 months after withdrawing divorce
Dennis Quaid's third wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, has filed for a legal separation, five months after canceling her original filing.
"Kimberly and Dennis Quaid have decided to legally separate after eight years of marriage. They ask that their privacy and the privacy of their family be respected during this difficult time. No further statement will be given," a rep for the actor told OTRC.com in a statement on October 19.
According to legal documents obtained by OTRC.com, Buffington-Quaid is seeking joint legal and sole physical custody of their 4-year-old twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, with Quaid getting visitation rights. She cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split and seeks spousal support and for the actor to pay her legal fees. The property rights are to be determined.
Buffington-Quaid, a former real-estate agent from Texas and Quaid's wife of eight years, filed for divorce in March, claiming the relationship had "become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities."
She then withdrew the filing in May, reportedly intending to "keep working" on their marriage.
"They have an explosive relationship but they do love each other," a source told E! News at the time. "They are rethinking the divorce and seeing if they can actually make it work. It's been a difficult path for both of them, but they don't want to make a mistake and divorce... they both still have very strong feelings for one another."
Quaid and his wife married in July of 2004. The pair welcomed their twins via a surrogate in 2007. The babies were put in intensive care after suffering an accidental overdose of the blood-thinner Heparin. Quaid later sued its manufacturer. The case made international headlines.
In October 2011, the actor put his $14 million Montana ranch on the market. The actor bought the land about 25 years ago and from "Straw Dogs" director Sam Peckinpah.
Quaid was previously married to actress P.J. Soles for five years, starting in 1978. He and Meg Ryan were married for 10 years, beginning in 1991, and have a 19-year-old son, Jack, who recently appeared in "The Hunger Games."
Quaid is known for his roles in films like "Frequency," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Vantage Point," "The Rookie," "Soul Surfer" and the 2011 reboot of "Footloose."
(Pictured above: Actor Dennis Quaid, left, and wife Kimberly Buffington arrive at the premiere of "The Words" during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. Credit: AP Photo / Danny Moloshok)