Following a nearly two-year split, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have officially filed for divorce.
The filing certainly seems to indicate that the divorce will be amicable. They submitted mirror-image paperwork without any on-the-record attorneys, with each requesting joint legal and physical custody of their three children.
The A-list actors fueled reconciliation rumors in recent months after vacationing together and being spotted out often as a co-parenting team for their kids, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
A source told People, “They always planned to divorce despite what people said. 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.”
Earlier this month, Affleck revealed that he sought treatment for alcohol addiction. He explained on Facebook:
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. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I’m lucky to have the love of my 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.