Ben Harper and Laura Dern divorcing?

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:09 a.m. ET

Laura Dern was hit with a surprise courtesy of her husband Ben Harper. It seems that Grammy Award-winning musician Ben Harper has allegedly filed papers to dissolve his marriage to Laura Dern.

Laura Dern

According to TMZ, Ben Harper started the process to end his marriage to Laura Dern by filing legal documents on October 8, 2010.

The papers are reportedly listing January as Harper and Dern's official separation date. Yet a source close to the couple is claiming to have seen Dern and Harper "living and traveling together throughout the year and were even intimate as recently as last week."

Ben Harper listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, and is asking the judge to deny Laura Dern spousal support as well as joint legal and physical custody of their two children.

The pair shares two children, Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.

Ben Harper and Laura Dern made their five-year courtship official by walking down the aisle in 2005.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.