Mel Gibson’s Wife Files for Divorce

Hollywood is buzzing about what could be a blockbuster of a break-up.  After 28 years of marriage, Mel Gibson’s wife, Robyn, has filed for divorce in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, April 13, 2008, citing irreconcilable differences.  It has been reported that the couple has been separated nearly three years.  This divorce could be one of the most expensive Hollywood has ever seen, as Mel Gibson is worth more than $900 million and the Gibsons reportedly did not have a pre-nuptial agreement.  Under California law, Robyn is entitled to half of her husband’s movie making fortune.

California is a community property state, where there is a presumption of equal division of property.  In a community property state, marriage is viewed as a community and each spouse is a member that contributes equally.  Upon divorce, each spouse has a right to equal division of property, although separate property that may have been owned or retained separately will not get distributed equally.

New York is not a community property state, but follows an equitable distribution system.  There are several factors weighed in determining what is equitable and fair.  Judges are afforded great discretion in rendering what may be “tough justice,” in that distribution may not necessarily be about equal distribution, rather it is about what is fair.

The law firm of Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. has represented clients in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island.  If you are facing a divorce proceeding, it is important to hire lawyers that are capable of advocating your needs.  For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-888-556-2529 or visit our divorce website at