According to the legal documents, Griffith, 56, wants spousal support, child support and sole physical custody with joint legal custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Stella.
As Radar exclusively reported nearly two years ago, Griffith and Banderas have been on the brink of divorce for quite some time.
“Everyone in the family is distraught over this but the sad fact is they’re really not in a good place. At this point the word is that they’re literally on the brink of a divorce," the source told Radar.
“This isn’t a new problem, there have been some big issues for a while. They’ve been in counseling and they’re still going, but overall it seems to be the end of the road. They love each other very much and always will but they haven’t been the way they used to be for a while now. They used to be the most passionate couple, they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. But they haven’t been intimate in months and rarely even sleep in the same room these days. It’s not good."
And just last month, despite rumors the couple was on the verge of a split, Griffith's sister insisted the duo were going strong.
Griffith’s half-sister, Tracy Griffith, spoke to Radar in May and when asked if her sister and Banderas, 53, were splitting up emphatically said, “No.”
Tracy, who shares father Peter Griffith with Melanie, told Radar that she speaks with her sister “all the time,” and that the couple were definitely still together.
However, the divorce is said to be amicable.
This will be Banderas' second divorce and Griffith's fourth.
Stay with Radar for future developments . . .