TMZ, who first broke the news, noted that the former couple filed the documents together and they are both seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 3 kids – Violet Affleck, 11, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, 9, and Samuel Garner Affleck, 4. There was no prenup so they are expected to share their fortune equally, unless they agree otherwise.
It was also reported that Affleck and Garner each filed their documents without an on-the-record lawyer. So it’s highly likely that the case will not be handled in court, but rather by a mediator. Moreover, the divorce could become final in 6 months.
A source told PEOPLE that the 2 stars have always planned to divorce regardless of what people said. The sourced explained, “If you look at their first statement it says divorce not separate. They just did it the way they wanted to and did what was best for their kids. There was no catalyst, it was just time. Nothing has changed, they are and still will be putting their kids first.”
Affleck and Garner, both 44, met as co-stars on the set of “Pearl Harbor” (2001) and “Daredevil” (2003). They began dating in min-2004 and became engaged in April 2005. The actors tied the knot 2 months later in a private ceremony in Turks and Caicos. Althoug the pair announced their split in June 2015, the actress stood by the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” actor when he was in rehab for alcohol addiction. The friendly exes even spent the Christmas holidays together with their kids in Montana.
A source who knows the couple said, “They are co-parenting the best they can. Whatever incarnation of a relationship this is works for them.”
To be honest, we were really hoping Affleck and Garner reconcile their marriage 🙁
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