Gwyneth Paltrow: Separation from Chris Martin Came 10 Months Before 'Conscious Uncoupling'
The actress says she was separated from her husband 10 months before they announced their split, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE
The actress, 42, filed a petition for divorce from the Coldplay frontman, 38, on Monday (contrary to reports that their divorce had been finalized earlier this week), and listed the date of their separation as May 6, 2013. The couple publicly announced their split in March 2014.
In a statement confirming the breakup on Paltrow’s Goop website, the couple said they had been “working hard for well over a year,” both together and “some of it separated,” to make their relationship work.
In her petition, Paltrow cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending the marriage, and is seeking joint custody of their two children: Apple, 10, and Moses, 9. She is also requesting that they each pay their own attorney fees.
According to California state law, the divorce cannot be finalized until at least six months after the case is filed.
Although both stars have moved on to new relationships – Paltrow with Glee producer Brad Falchuk, and Martin with Jennifer Lawrence – their split has been amicable as their focus remains on their children.