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Published:April 13th, 2009 22:55 EST
Mel Gibson Is Slapped with Divorce Papers

Mel Gibson Is Slapped with Divorce Papers

By Christopher HIllenbrand

Robyn Gibson filed for divorce from her famous husband of 28 years on Monday, on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.

Mel Gibson`s wife submitted the petition in the Los Angeles Superior Court, but neither the court nor the document cites the details behind why the couple is parting ways.

Mel and Robyn Gibson have seven children, six of whom are above the age of 18. Robyn Gibson is planning to seek joint custody of their ten-year-old son Tom on Tuesday.

The details surrounding their divorce settlement weren`t covered in today`s court filings, though Robyn is preparing to fight for the couple`s assets to which she believes she`s entitled. She is pursuing reclaiming the jewelry, income, and property she herself has garnered since the couple split. She is also seeking a significant portion of the money and assets her husband has earned as one of Hollywood`s biggest players since they wed in 1980.

Robyn Gibson wants her husband to pay spousal support and all legal fees involved in the process.

A joint statement was released by the couple following the motion on Monday, stating: "Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so."

The pair met at the time Mel Gibson starred in "Mad Max" in 1979 when Robyn was still working as a dental nurse in Adelaide, Australia. They married in June 1980 and had their first daughter, Hannah, the same year. In the years to follow, Gibson attained superstar status with his blockbuster buddy-cop film "Lethal Weapon" in 1987, and achieved critical acclaim in the 1990`s with a series of memorable roles and his directorial debut on "Braveheart".

2004`s "The Passion of The Christ", which was co-written, co-produced and directed by him, made Gibson a figure of controversy during the intial release of the film and in the subsequent years. The pet project went on to become the highest grossing non-English speaking film and the highest grossing R-rated film in United States` history. Gibson, a devout Roman Catholic, denied that his film was anti-Semitic, and that it accurately portrayed the story of Jesus` crucifixion with some artistic liberties being used to make historical accounts seem more plausible.

In 2006, Gibson was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu, and later made anti-Semitic slurs as he was beng questioned. Gibson pleaded no contest to the D.U.I. charges in an arraignment hearing later that year and was given three years` probation.

Since his arrest, he has kept a low profile with few acting and directing credits to his name, including "Apocalypto", which he directed, in 2006.

"Apocalypto" repeated the success of Gibson`s last blockbuster smash, seeing receipts totalling over $50 million domestic and over $117 million around the world.

He has currently finished working on the film, "Edge of Darkness", in which he has a starring role.