Cuba Gooding Jr's wife Sara Kapfer has reportedly filed for separation after 20 years of marriage.

According to TMZ, Kapfer filed separation papers in a Los Angeles Court on April 22 citing irreconcilable differences.

The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor and Kapfer met in high school and married in 1994. They have three children, sons Spencer and Mason and daughter Piper.

The gossip website reports that Kapfer wants joint legal and physical custody of their children and child support will be determined at a later date.

Gooding Jr won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Cameron Crowe's 1996 movie Jerry Maguire.

He was most recently seen in Lee Daniels' The Butler and Machete Kills.