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'Roseanne' star Michael Fishman and wife of 20 years divorcing

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 4/22/2019 Mark Gray

Michael Fishman wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Michael Fishman attends PaleyFest in New York City on Oct. 16, 2018. © Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock Michael Fishman attends PaleyFest in New York City on Oct. 16, 2018. "Roseanne" star Michael Fishman and his wife of nearly 20 years are officially divorcing.

The divorce filing on Monday comes four months after the actor and Jennifer Briner separated. Michael, 37, and Jenny share two children.

Michael, who played D.J. Conner on "Roseanne" from 1988-97, and he reprised the role for last year's reboot, told TMZ the split is very amicable and indicated that he and Jenny took their daughter to lunch together to show her they are still a family.

"We continue to work together to put our kids first," he told the website.

a person standing in front of Michael Fishman et al. posing for the camera: Michael Fishman and wife Jennifer Briner attend ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on March 16, 2003. © Albert L. Ortega / WireImage Michael Fishman and wife Jennifer Briner attend ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on March 16, 2003.

In late December, Jenny filed separation documents and Michael said the split was a long time coming. However, he had a very specific reason why he and Jenny weren't divorcing at the time.

"Among the reasons for not getting a regular divorce is the shared desire to keep Jenny covered by my health insurance, and allow to slowly unfold our 20 years together in a way mutually beneficial for our family, particularly on behalf of our children," he told TMZ last year.

Michael Fishman posing for the camera: Michael Fishman poses for photos during SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Roseanne in New York City on March 27, 2018. © Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images for SiriusXM Michael Fishman poses for photos during SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Roseanne in New York City on March 27, 2018.

Michael added that the duo began the process of a split in summer 2017, but the production of "Roseanne" — which later became "The Connors" —slowed the formal split.

Michael married Jenny when he was just 18 years old.

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