Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have filed for divorce, almost two years after the couple first announced they were separating.
The celebrity couple shocked fans with news of their split in 2015, telling the public they’d decided to part just one day after celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary.
A source close to the couple revealed to CNN the pair are parting on good terms and plan to share custody of their three children: Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8 and Samuel, 5.
“They remain friends and continue to co-parent their three kids amicably. They had always planned to divorce but just needed time. As always, their children are their first priority.”
In a joint statement released by Garner and Affleck, following news of their separation, the pair stressed they were parting on good terms.
"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.
“This will be our only comment on this private, family matter,” they added. “Thank you for understanding.”
TMZ reports its unlikely divorce proceedings will be handled in court given the way the documents were filed. Instead, it’s expected a mediator will guide the couple through their situation.
Affleck has recently revealed he has just completed a stint in rehab for alcoholism, having checked into treatment again after the 2017 Oscars.
The actor shared the news with fans on his Facebook page, giving them some insight into the struggles he’d faced.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”
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