After 11 years of marriage, Reese Witherspoon, the 47-year-old actress, has filed for divorce from her husband Jim Toth, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of the split. The news comes a week after Witherspoon announced the end of their marriage in a heartfelt statement on Instagram.
Court documents obtained by TMZ show that Witherspoon filed for divorce in Nashville, where the couple resides with their 10-year-old son, Tennessee. The documents also reveal that Witherspoon and Toth had signed a prenuptial agreement in March 2011. The actress has stated that the agreement is valid and will provide “adequate and sufficient provisions” for their assets and debts.
As the divorce was filed in Davidson County and involves a child, both Reese and Jim are required to take parenting classes. They have 60 days to present a certificate of completion to the court.
An insider spoke to UsWeekly about the couple’s struggles, stating that the marriage issues had been “brewing for a long time.” Despite this, Witherspoon, known for her role in ‘Legally Blonde,’ did not want her marriage to end. The source added, “Reese never wanted her marriage to end, but it’s not a secret that this has been brewing for some time. She really does adore Jim. [She] couldn’t have asked for a better stepdad and father to their son, Tennessee. They had a very healthy relationship and a lot of great times together but like a lot of couples, they grew apart.”
Witherspoon, who also has two children, Ava, 23, and Deacon, 19, with her first husband Ryan Phillippe, shared the news of the divorce in a statement on Instagram. The statement read: “We have some personal news to share… It is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and are moving forward with deep love, kindness and mutual respect for everything we have created together. Our biggest priority is our son and our entire family as we navigate this next chapter. These matters are never easy and are extremely personal. We truly appreciate everyone’s respect for our family’s privacy at this time.”