Actor, Martin Lawrence, has filed for a Los Angeles County divorce from his wife, Shamicka Lawrence. The parties were married for less than two years. Martin and Shamicka were a couple for 15 years prior to their marriage. They have two minor children, ages 9 and 11.
According to the Los Angeles County divorce petition, Lawrence is seeking joint legal custody and joint physical custody of their two children. If Lawrence’s request for joint legal custody is granted, he would share the decision making duties with respect to the health, safety and welfare of their children. If Lawrence’s request for joint physical custody is granted, he would essentially have physical custody of the children 50% of the time.
Additionally, the couple also have a prenuptial agreement in place. Like in any type of prenuptial agreement, it likely spells out how their community property is to divided, how much spousal support should be paid to Shamicka, among other issues. What is not included in said prenuptial agreement is a child custody and visitation plan. The determination of an appropriate child custody and visitation plan is usually litigated in court or agreed to between the parties. Sometimes a 730 evaluator is appointed or Minor’s Counsel is appointed to determine the best interest of the children.