Celebrity news website TMZ.com said the O'Neal family had been living in Florida. But Shaunie O'Neal recently pulled the children out of school in that state and moved with them back to Los Angeles, where courts tend to be more generous in awarding child and spousal support, TMZ reported.
Shaquille O'Neal previously filed for divorce in 2007, but the couple was reported to have reconciled. They were married in December 2002.
Mrs O'Neal's petition this week lists the date of their latest separation as Monday and says she intends to amend her filing to seek a divorce.
The 7-foot 1-inch athlete, widely known as "Shaq," began his pro career with the Orlando Magic and later helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships, in 2000, 2001 and 2002, before he was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004.
After winning a fourth championship in Miami in 2006, Shaq was traded to the Phoenix Suns, then traded again during the latest off-season to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he now is playing alongside LeBron James.
The 15-time All-Star center and future Hall of Famer also has developed a successful media career, currently starring in an ABC television reality show called "Shaq Vs.," in which he competes against athletes in other sports.
To think he was creeping with another NBA players fiancée and mother of his children?! Goes to show you can have all the $$$ in the world but it still won't make you happy or satisfied. My heart goes out to Gilbert Arenas as well as Shaunie and the 7 kids who are in the middle of this whole mess.
I will admit, Shaunie was smart as hell filing in California! That was a smart bish move!! And the "Leaking" of the emails between Shaq and Laura Govan (Gilbert Arenas fiancée and mother to his 2 kids one on the way) was like icing on the cake!!
This whole situation is just sad and despicable! Shaunie has always been a sweet business minded woman who made her own way and wasn't just considered and "NBA Wife". I just pray everything is over and done with as soon as possible!