Gilbert Sisters Split with Long-time Partners

Aug 29, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Sara Gilbert and her sister Melissa recently ended long-time partnerships.

Melissa Gilbert, who became famous for playing Laura Ingalls on the television series "Little House on the Prairie," recently announced she will divorce her husband of 16 years, Bruce Boxleitner.

The 37-year-old Gilbert and 61-year-old Boxleitner separated several months ago, and are now making the split permanent, citing irreconcilable differences. Gilbert seeks joint custody of their 15-year-old son and no spousal support from Boxleitner, an actor who appeared in TV shows such as "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" and the recent film "Tron Legacy," The Associated Press reports.

Gilbert will not go through her breakup alone. Her younger sister, Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene Connor on the TV show "Roseanne" and currently co-hosts "The Talk," is splitting with her partner of a decade, Allison Adler. People recently reported the couple will share custody of their two children, while a rep told the magazine their split is "amicable."

Though it is unclear whether either of the Gilbert sisters signed a prenuptial agreement, these legal documents can help smooth the often complicated and emotionally difficult process of divorce. Because of this, long-term same-sex couples should consider drawing up these agreements, regardless of whether they live in a state that has legalized gay marriage, an attorney recently told the New York Times.