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Trace Adkins and his wife, Rhonda, are publicly acknowledging their intentions to end their marriage. 

The divorcing couple has issued a statement through the country star's publicist confirming their split.  They say they're "united in ensuring" that their "children's interests come first," and they're asking for privacy as they "work through this personal matter together." 

Rhonda filed for divorce in a Nashville area court last week, claiming "irreconcilable differences."  Trace and Rhonda tied the knot in May 1997 and have three daughters together, who range in age from 16 to nine. 

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