Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Have Officially Filed for Divorce
Just shy of two years from the couple's split, Garner and Affleck have begun the steps to make it permanent.
According to TMZ, the couple are filing amicably, without the use of a lawyer. Both Garner's petition and Affleck's response were apparently received together, meaning the action was a mutual effort. The two have both requested joint custody of their three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
In June of 2015, the couple issued a statement announcing their separation:
"After much thought and careful consideration," they wrote, "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. Thank you for understanding."
TMZ also claims the couple has no prenup, meaning their earnings will be split down the middle. Neither party seems to be arguing for ownership of any property over the other.
In about six months, the site says, the divorce will be final.
In July of 2016, Us Weekly reported Garner and Affleck were reconsidering their choice to split, evidenced by the fact that neither had officially filed for divorce.
"Jen mentioned that the divorce was going through very soon, and then a few weeks ago, things changed," claimed a source from the site. "It does not seem to be moving in that direction."
While the split was largely rumored to be the result of "Nannygate," or Affleck's alleged affair with the family's nanny, Garner went on to put that speculation to rest. In February, the actress told Vanity Fair that while there was "poor judgment" involved, she and Affleck had been separated "for months" before she heard any rumors.
She also said that her husband was "the love of [her] life," and that he was a very "complicated" man.
If their split had to happen, Ben and Jen's is a shining example of a compassionate break-up that put the kids first.