Former Jackson 5 entertainer Jermaine Jackson (search), older brother of pop star Michael Jackson (search), has filed for divorce from his wife of nine years.

The Superior Court divorce petition, filed Nov. 19, to dissolve the marriage of Jermaine and Alejandra Jackson asks that their children — Jaafar, 8, and Jermajesty, 4 — live with their mother. They live in suburban Encino.

The couple were married on March 18, 1995, and separated on Nov. 15. The court document cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

Jermaine Jackson, who turns 50 on Dec. 11, has three children from a previous marriage to Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy. He also has two children with another woman.