Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock Divorce Update: The Actor Wants Joint Custody of Kids!

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FILE DECEMBER 28, 2014: Comedian and actor Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock. Malaak Compton-Rock released a statement on December 28, 2014 confirming the divorce filing. The couple were married for 19 years and have two daughters together. Chris Rock had divorce documents drawn up in 2006 but the couple reconciled. WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Chris Rock, wife Malaak Compton-Rock and their children arrive at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

It has now been revealed that Hollywood comedian Chris Rock had demanded joint custody of their two childrenin the divorce documents filed at a New Jersey court. In the documents, the actor is said to have accused his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, of not allowing him to meet his kids and wants joint physical and legal custody of their kidsfor this reason. The couple was married for nineteen year and has two daughters, Lola, aged 12 and Zahra, aged 10. News of their divorce was made official on Sundayby the actor’s wife in an interview to People magazine,and eventually confirmed by the actor’s lawyer Robert S. Cohen. The star of “Grown Ups”had filed for divorce just last week, a couple of days beforeChristmas.

Couple was getting ready to call it quits for a long time

The papers also revealed the fact that preparations to end the marriage had already started earlier, and the couple had begun arrangements to dividetheir property in November itself. This shows that the decision was not a sudden one, and was in the offing.Although the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement before their marriage in 1996, the pre-nup could have expired because they have been together for more than eighteen years.

Actor seeks to reduce spousal support as his wife runs her own business

The “Top Five” actor’s legal documents also showed that he had been trying to restrain his spousal support,because he believed that his wife had the “ability to work and contribute to her own support.” In addition to being the wife of a well known celebrity, Malaak Compton-Rock runs a non-profit organization called styleWorks, and is a much admired philanthropist.

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