Melissa Gilbert Dealing with Matrimonial Woes with Bruce Boxleitner (PHOTOS)

on August 28 2011 11:55 AM

Melissa Gilbert, 47, who is best known for her performance in the quaint family drama Little House on the Prairie, is dealing with her matrimonial woes.

Gilbert had filed for divorce from Bruce Boxleitner, 61, Monday, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason. The petition reveals they separated in January, the month of their 16th anniversary.

Gilbert is seeking joint custody of their 15-year-old son Michael Boxleitner. The name stems from Gilbert's Little House creator and star Michael Landon.

Besides their own son, Boxleitner and Gilbert have three sons, Dakota, from Gilbert's previous marriage to actor Bo Brinkman, and Sam and Lee, from Boxleitner's first marriage to actress Kathryn Ogilvy.

We have loved each other for a very long time, Gilbert said in March, and we share four incredible sons together.

Meanwhile Gilbert's sister 36-year-old The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert has also broken up with her partner of 10 years, Allison Adler, 44, according to People. They also share joint custody of their two children, Levi and Sawyer.

Melissa Gilbert has a long history of dating. When she was a teenager, she connected with Rob Lowe, dating with him on-and-off for six years. During that time, she also dated Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Scott Baio, and Billy Idol.

She was once engaged to Rob Lowe. After she found she was pregnant, Lowe split with her. Gilbert miscarried soon.

Later, Gilbert met Bo Brinkman and became pregnant again, giving birth to a son, Dakota, on May 1, 1989. But they ended their marriage in 1992.
Only weeks after Gilbert's divorce filing, she was set up with Bruce. They dated on-and-off for over a year, engaged twice and then broke up. Finally, they married on Jan. 1, 1995.

Gilbert had written an autobiography in 2009, describing her battle with alcoholism and drug abuse.

Cast member Boxleitner holds an Identity Disc as he poses with his wife Gilbert at the world premiere of the film "TRON: Legacy" in Hollywood

Cast member Bruce Boxleitner holds an Identity Disc as he poses with his wife Melissa Gilbert at the world premiere of the film "TRON: Legacy" in Hollywood, California, December 11, 2010. Reuters

FILE PHOTO OF ACTRESS MELISSA GILBERT AND HUSBAND ACTOR BRUCE BOXLIGHTNER.

Former "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert (L), pictured in a file photo August 5, 2000 with husband Bruce Boxlightner at the Golden Boot Awards in Beverly Hills, is running against actress Valerie Harper for president of the nation's biggest actors union, the Screen Actors Guild. The contest between Gilbert, 37, and Harper, 61, marks the union's first presidential election in which the two leading candidates are both women. Ballots have been sent out to SAG members and the union expects to have election results by November 5. Reuters

ACTRESS MELISSA GILBERT AND SON POSE WITH SANTA IN LOS ANGELES.

Actress Melissa Gilbert and five-year-old son Michael pose with Santa Claus November 28, 2000 in Los Angeles prior to her appearance at Bright Lights of Los Angeles, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Century Towers Plaza. Reuters

Actress Melissa Gilbert during the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild awards.

Actress Melissa Gilbert, president of the Screen Actors Guild, poses backstage during the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, February 5, 2005. Reuters