Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Officially Filed For Divorce: Estranged Couple Cited Irreconcilable Differences
It is officially over for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner as the two filed for divorce last Thursday. The estranged couple take the first step in formally ending their marriage. Affleck and Garner announced the end of their relationship in June 2015, after 10 years of marriage.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the "Alias" star filed the petition and the "Batman vs Superman" star responded to the petition. The two cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. The two actors are seeking joint physical and legal custody of their three children Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, aged, 11, 9, and 5, respectively.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time." the couple said in a joint statement.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner filed for divorce without any lawyer which indicates that the decision was orchestrated amicably. There was also no date of separation indicated. The couple did not have any prenuptial agreement which means that any earnings they gained after their marriage would be split evenly with the two of them. They would like to settle the case out of court with a mediator and the split could be finalized in as little as six months.
Affleck and Garner met while doing "Daredevil" in 2003 where they played superheroes. The divorce came at the heels of the two-time Oscar winner's announcement that he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Fox News reveals that Affleck has been hugging the limelight lately because of his relationship with Jennifer Lopez.
Ben Affleck lamented the renewed focus on his personal life after attention on his role as a parent. Jennifer Garner, on the other hand, had previous relationships with Scott Foley and Michael Vartan from 2000 to 2004.