Actress Mayim Bialik, of "Blossom" and "The Big Bang Theory" fame, and her husband Michael Stone are throwing in the towel.
Bialik has filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, according to TMZ. The couple seems to be parting on good terms, however, since Bialik has requested that she and her husband receive joint custody of the their two sons.
Bialik first gained fame by starring in the TV show "Blossom" from 1991 to 1995. While taking a break from acting, Bialik earned a doctorate in neuroscience at UCLA where she met Stone. Bialik later returned to acting, going on to play Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory."
Bialik has probably made a considerable amount of money starring on the hit comedy. If she and her husband didn't sign a prenuptial agreement, Stone could walk away with half of those earnings.
That's because California, like Arizona, is a community property state. In community property states, marital assets are generally split 50/50 upon divorce.
Marital property includes anything the spouses earned during the marriage, outside of inheritance, gifts, and a few other exceptions. Of course, a prenup can change all that by dictating how property will be divided in a divorce.
Bialik has requested that she and Stone have joint legal and physical custody of their two sons. If granted, Bialik and Stone will share decision-making authority about key aspects of the children's lives, including their education, medical care, and religious instruction. The boys will also split their time living with Bialik and Stone.
Bialik is a longtime proponent of attachment parenting and has even written a book on the subject. However, she stresses that her parenting style had nothing to do with her and Stone's divorce. "Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose," Bialik wrote on her Facebook page, according to TMZ.
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