There's nothing messy about Debra Messing's divorce proceedings.
The Smash star, 43, filed papers Tuesday asking a judge to end her nine-year marriage to actor and TV producer Daniel Zelman, E! News reports. The actress is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their 8-year-old son, Roman.
Messing -- who met Zelman at New York University in the '90s and tied the knot in September 2000 -- listed their date of separation as February 15, 2010; the spouses continued to live together until early 2012. When Us Weekly broke the news of their split in December 2011, a rep for the New York-based couple explained that they would "gradually transition into a new living situation."
"Twenty years. It's a very long time," the Will & Grace alum recently told Ladies' Home Journal. "I think the institute of marriage is a noble thing. I think the idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic. But now we're living to 100. A hundred years ago people were dying at age 37. Till death do us part was a much different deal."
"Every thought is dictated by what's best for our son. [Daniel and I] are completely on the same page in that regard. We are dear friends. And I am at peace with the journey we've had," she told Ladies' Home Journal. "I feel like the 20 years we had together has been a huge success. And despite the fact that everything is changing, I think everyone is thriving."