WHOA!!! - Blossom files for Divorce

Mayim Bialik, best known for her child-star role as Blossom, and her recent gig on the hit sitcom "Big Bang Theory", has filed for divorce from her husband Michael Stone. The docs were filed in L.A. County Superior Court citing "irreconcilable differences". The pair married in 2003 and have two sons aged 7 and 4. Mayim wants joint legal and physical custody of the children.

Announcing the split on her Jewish parenting blog, Mayim wrote: "after much consideration and soul-searching, Michael and I have arrived at the decision to divorce due to irreconcilable differences. Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly."

Mayim, who also penned a book about 'attachment parenting' noted, "the hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision". The couple is well-known for allowing their kids to sleep in the same bed with them.

Mayim also added: "Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose".

Further she notes that "the main priority for us now is to make the transition to two loving homes as smooth and painless as possible. Our sons deserve parents committed to their growth and health and that's what we are focusing on."

In Ontario, joint custody is when parents share the rights and responsibilities of custody even though they live apart. Under this arrangement, both parents have the right to make decisions about their child.

Mistakenly, it is often thought that joint custody means that both parents also have equal access to the child.

However, joint custody just deals with the decision making authority of the each parent and has little influence on the amount of time the children spend with each parent.

Joint custody requires cooperation and works best when there is little conflict between the parents.

Joint custody promotes that the parents maintain a harmonious relationship. For Mayim's children witnessing an amicable relationship between their parents may assist the children in adjusting to the separation.

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