Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez File for Divorce, Aliases Used in Court Papers

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are getting a divorce after spending just two years in what most deem a tumultuous marriage. The Extant actress and her ex-to-be even used aliases on court papers. It's a bit uncertain why they went that route, as they announced their split publicly just a day later.

Filing for divorce on Monday, Halle Berry used the names "Hal Maria and Oliver Martin" to end her marriage, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the split. The two share a son. The divorce papers didn't note Berry as seeking primary custody of the child, but instead read she sought what is in "the best interests of the child," the L.A. Times reports.

"It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce," Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez said via a joint statement to People magazine on Tuesday.

"We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus of what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life and we hope that you respect our and, most importantly, our children's privacy as we go through this difficult period."

This marks the third divorce for Halle Berry. She was previously married to David Justice--a baseball player--and to musician Eric Benet. She and French model Gabriel Aubry share custody of their daughter Nahla. Berry and Aubry never married.

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez announced their engagement back in March of 2012 and married in July of 2013, just a few months after announcing she was pregnant. The wedding took place in France.

Source list a number of reasons for the split. One reports that Halle Berry was incensed over Olivier Martinez being named in a recent lawsuit for hitting an LAX employee with their son's carseat in January. This isn't the first physical altercation Martinez has been involved in either. He has had several fights with Gabriel Aubry.

If Olivier Martinez is a violent man, Halle Berry may have finally thrown in the towel in order to distance herself from the anger than undoubtedly consumes him. People who react physically to unpleasant situations are often harboring a great deal of anger and rage.

Are you surprised to learn of Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez's impending divorce--or did you see this one coming from miles away?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.