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Robin Wright Penn Files for Divorce

By Neetal Parekh on August 19, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Sometimes turbulence in a marriage is just a passing part of the journey, a time to re-fasten your seatbelts and lock in your tray tables; however, after one, two, or a few bouts of tumultuous crosswinds, it may be time to make an emergency landing and evacuate.

Two-time Academy award winning actor Sean Penn and wife Robin Wright Penn have negotiated the fine line of fighting to stay together and fighting to go their own ways on a few occasions, having initiated divorce proceedings in 2007 and earlier in 2009.  However, this time it was Robin Wright Penn who filed the papers in a Northern California court in Marin County.

The couple has been together since 1989, and married since 1996.  Robin Wright Penn, known for her roles in "Princess Bride" and "Message in a Bottle", and Sean Penn, who won leading actor Academy awards for "Mystic River'" and "Milk", have two children together, aged 16 and 18.  

Citing "irreconcilable differences" Robin Wright submitted the divorce papers earlier last week.  Specifically, Wright Penn's filing stated that "both parties have already agreed to [shared] custody" of their son, age 16 and that "the estranged couple have already agreed to division of all property." 

Irreconcilable differences is a common basis in filing for a no-fault divorce.  The non-filing spouse cannot object or stop a filing for no-fault divorce, unlike in a fault-based divorce in which the non-filing spouse can contest the basis of fault.


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