Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck File For Divorce, Seek Joint Custody
Nearly two years after actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their plans to divorce, the couple finally filed divorce petitions in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday. Their marriage lasted ten years.
Citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of their three children – ages 11, 7, and 5 – the Hollywood couple’s divorce papers were nearly identical.
Both Garner and Affleck are asking to keep their individual earnings and assets and have spoken publicly in the past about co-parenting.
“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. Thank you for understanding,” Garner and Affleck said in a joint-statement after they first announced their plans to divorce in 2015.
Affleck, who has reportedly had troubles with gambling in the past, recently underwent treatment for alcoholism.
After completing his treatment a month ago, Affleck took to Facebook to publicly thank Garner for her support as a friend and as the mother of their children.
“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be…I’m lucky to have the love of family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery,” Affleck said in the post.
Neither Garner nor Affleck list a formal date for their divorce in their filings with the L.A. court.