One of Hollywood’s most admired couples, Ben Affleck, 42, and Jennifer Garner, 43, have announced they are parting ways after 10 years of marriage. No formal paperwork has been filed.
The couple, confirming the split to People on Tuesday, released the following statement: “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. Thank you for understanding.”
The announcement comes only one day after Affleck and Garner’s tenth wedding anniversary. This timing may be more than a coincidence, since according to California Family Code Section 4336(b), “a marriage of 10 years or more, from the date of marriage to the date of separation, is a marriage of long duration” – which could affect both the amount and duration of spousal support (if any).
Rumors the Hollywood couple were experiencing problems began to swirl earlier this spring after Affleck was photographed alone On April 17, also his wife’s 43rd birthday, without his wedding band. Shortly after, a photograph emerged of the couple walking together through their L.A. neighborhood with their hands in their pockets.
Affleck and Garner, who share three children together – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – were spotted walking earlier this month alongside their two daughters through the Pacific Palisades Farmers Market they often frequent looking “miserable,” an onlooker told People.
Speculation about why the couple is splitting up point to Affleck’s workaholic ways, which often leave Garner home alone with their children. However, according to a source speaking to ET, Garner works as much as Affleck.
Affleck and Garner met in 2003 while working as co-stars on the film Daredevil, and were married during a private ceremony in Turks and Caicos June 29, 2005. This is Affleck’s first marriage and a second for Garner, who married actor Scott Foley in 2000. Garner and Foley filed for divorce in 2003.