Billy Ray Cyrus Seeks Joint Custody of Children

10/28/2010 at 03:25 PM EDT

Billy Ray Cyrus Seeks Joint Custody of Children
Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

The legal documents offer no hint of contention, but Billy Ray Cyrus is summoning spiritual strength to get through the breakup of his 17-year marriage.

On the day he filed divorce papers in a the Chancery Court of Williamson County, Tenn., the father of pop phenom Miley Cyrus posted lines from Psalm 91 on his Twitter account.

"He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you shall take refuge," it reads. "Truth will be your shield and buckler."

In a separate post, Cyrus writes, "Can I ask for your prayers this morning for my children...our troops...the hungry...the sick...the homeless. AMEN."

In the divorce papers filed Tuesday, Cyrus seeks to "share the care, custody and control" of the three minor children he has with wife Tish: Miley, who turns 18 in November, Braison, 16, and Noah, 10. (The pair have three older children from previous relationships).

The papers say that Cyrus "has no information of any custody proceedings," and the cause of the split was listed as the standard "irreconcilable differences."

There were no details about money except that Cyrus "will request the court to equitably divide the marital estate."

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