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Dennis Hopper's Struggle to Get a Divorce

By Minara El-Rahman on January 26, 2010 1:45 PM

While Dennis Hopper's battle with prostate cancer rages on, he seems to have added another battle to his plate. He wants to get a divorce from his wife of nearly 14 years, Ms. Victoria Duffy-Hopper. ABC News reports that Dennis Hopper filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on January 14, 2010. The papers filed claimed that the reason for divorce was "irreconciliable differences". Dennis Hopper requested joint legal and physical custody of their daughter Galen, who is six years old.

The actor has 4 children. The first three of his children are from previous marriages. The actor has been married a total of five times. Ms. Victoria Duffy-Hopper was his fifth wife and she was the wife who has been married the longest to the infamously volatile actor.

While there have been speculations about why the actor has decided to divorce his wife while he is battling a terminal illness, the real question is how will this divorce affect his children?

Since the other children are from previous marriages, it is assumed that Mr. Hopper has child custody agreements worked out with his previous wives. But what exactly is he asking for in terms of child custody in this divorce?

What is Joint Legal and Physical Custody?

It is a type of child custody that is sometimes known as "shared custody" or "shared parenting." It allows both parents to be involved in making major decisions that affect the child that they share together. Some major decisions include: school, health care, and religious training.

It also means that both parents share actual physical custody of the child. That means that both parents share time with the child.

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