David Arquette Files for Divorce from Courteney Cox After Years of Separation
David Arquette has filed for divorce from wife Courteney Cox…another Hollywood marriage bites the dust…officially. Arquette has always had a history of quirky behavior, which makes his recent actions seem strange but not really surprising.
TMZ is reporting that David Arquette filed the legal documents on Friday, citing the usual “irreconcilable differences.” Arquette’s requesting joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s daughter Coco, who will celebrate her eighth birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Coco—your parents are officially getting a divorce!
What’s not so usual is that Arquette has no lawyer and will be representing himself. This doesn’t sound like such a great idea, since you can bet estranged wife Courteney Cox will be represented by one of Hollywood’s top divorce attorneys.
Also a bit odd is that Arquette actually signed the papers three months ago, on March 23, but chose to file them now. Today would have been the couple’s 13th anniversary.
David Arquette and Courteney Cox met in 1995 while making the film “Scream.” They wed in 1999 and announced their separation in 2010. The split seemed amicable, with the pair releasing a joint statement saying: “The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.” It looks like what they came to “understand” was that they didn’t want to be married anymore.
If the divorce filing is one sign that Arquette is looking for a fresh start, another is his decision to get bar mitzvahed at the age of 40. Over the weekend, he traveled to Israel to shoot “Mile High,” the new travel show he’s hosting, and while there, he read his first Torah portion at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz presided over the ceremony, and later told the Associated Press, “He was very emotional, saying he was happy to be part of the chain of the Jewish people. I’m very pleased to see a man who is returning to his roots.”
Arquette’s mother was born Jewish, but the actor did not have a bar mitzvah at the usual age of 13. I suppose it’s never too late…