Peter Facinelli files for divorce from Jennie Garth, custody deal reached
Peter Facinelli has filed for divorce from Jennie Garth, two weeks after they announced their plans to end their marriage after almost 11 years.
Facinelli, 38, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and listed January 1 as the official date of separation. He married Garth, 39, on Jan 20, 2001. He filed the divorce papers in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 28 and the actress has already filed her response. The two have agreed to share joint legal and physical custody of their three daughters - 14-year-old Luca, 9-year-old Lola and 5-year-old Fiona.
After the pair announced their split officially on March 13, online reports of alleged cheating surfaced. The two said in a statement that the "rumors" were "completely untrue" and "hurtful" to their family, adding: "We just want to make it very clear - there are no third parties involved."
Facinelli and Garth have been together since 1996, when they met on the set of a made-for-TV movie called "An Unfinished Affar."
Facinelli is likely best known for his role as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight Saga" series. He brought Garth to the Los Angeles premiere of the third film, "Eclipse," in June 2010 (see video). He appeared at the premiere of the fourth movie, "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" in June 2011 alone (see video).
The actor plays Dr. Fitch Cooper on the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie" and has appeared on the shows "Damages" and "Six Feet Under" and portrayed a macho high school senior in the 1998 cult comedy movie "Can't Hardly Wait."
Garth played Kelly Taylor on the hit series "Beverly Hills, 90210" from 1990 to 2000. She later reprised the role in the spin-off series "90210" for two seasons. She also appeared opposite Amanda Bynes in the series "What I Like About You" and competed on season 5 of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2007. She was partnered with Derek Hough and finished in fourth place.
Facinelli will next appear on the big screen in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which hits theatres on November 16. A teaser trailer was released earlier this week.