That’s a wrap. Just one year after Michael Fishman’s world was shaken following the abrupt cancellation of Roseanne, the actor is being blindsided again — this time by his wife, Jennifer Briner. After 20 years of marriage, she has filed for divorce from The Conners star.
Jennifer filed the documents on Monday, April 22, and cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split. They previously legally separated in June 2017 for unknown reasons.
The former pair previously wed in 1999. At the time of the nuptials, Michael was just 18 years old. They share a son and a 16-year-old daughter, Isabelle, together.
After the news of their breakup broke, Michael told TMZ that he had a lunch date with daughter despite the drama between her parents. “We continue to work together to put our kids first,” he told the outlet.
In December, Michael took to Instagram to share an emotional update on his marriage with his concerned fans.
“Nineteen years ago, as young kids, Jennifer and I entered marriage with little more than love,” he began. “All marriages are complex, with tremendous growth and change over the course of a twenty-year relationship. Goals shift, life challenges us, and our twenty years together have been a resounding success. We are raising two wonderful children who continue to be the focus of our decision making, they remain our top priority.”
“We completed our marriage with compassion, kindness, and respect. Opting to postpone filing until after the holidays and the completion of our son’s first semester at college. Through love and communication, we are transitioning our family, unraveling the complex responsibilities forged over nineteen years. Collectively we are focused on privately making the transition as seamless and undisruptive for our family.”
He then told TMZ the odd reason why the couple chose to file for separation over divorce right away. “Among the reasons for not getting a regular divorce is the shared desire to keep Jenny covered by my health insurance, and allow to slowly unfold our 20 years together in a way mutually beneficial for our family, particularly on behalf of our children,” he said at the time.
Now, Jennifer has requested joint legal custody of Isabelle with sole physical custody to Michael as long as she is awarded visitation rights.
She has also asked the court to terminate their ability to support herself and Michael, and she has requested to pay attorney and court fees.