Martin Lawrence, Wife Shamicka to Divorce

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Martin Lawrence and his wife Shamicka are calling it quits.

"Martin and Shamicka Lawrence have decided to divorce," a rep for the Big Momma's House star told People. "The couple has made the joint decision to part ways."

The couple had been together for 15 years before getting married less than two years ago in Beverly Hills ... who says getting married doesn't change anything.

Whatever the reason, the split is amicable and mutual.

Martin and Shamicka Lawrence

"Out of love and respect for one another we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together," the couple said in a joint statement.

The 47-year-old Lawrence, who also appeared in the Bad Boys films, just finished a nationwide sold-out comedy tour and a shot a comedy pilot for CBS.

He wed the former Shamicka Gibbs in July 2010.

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I am sorry to hear that after 17 years of a committed relationship than marriage that they have decided to separate and divorce. The strains of a celebrity marriage is usually a situation of being pulled in too many directions, by too many people with too many stresses and all of it in the public eye. While the initial press release read well with the priority on the children and a divorce with dignity it may still be a little early to tell which direction ultimately they will go. With good collaborative divorce attorneys and good advisers they might still make this happen. Lets hope so for the sake of the children they make this happen. At minimum, I hope the attorneys keep the divorce settlement confidential. Something that I am surprised more attorneys don't do for their high profile clients. Difficult, because courts rarely seal records but we know how and teach attorneys and/or their clients how. Retired law enforcement officer 24 years. Custody Calculations Divorce Coach.