Actor and director Ben Affleck, and his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, have announced that they are to separate, ending their 10-year marriage.
After the announcement of their separation, the couple has been spotted together with their children, having stated that they are concentrating on being a family. In public at least, their separation appears to be very amicable.
They seem to be in no rush to begin divorce proceedings, and both have been pictured continuing to wear their wedding rings in public.
Recent reports have stated that they are living together with their children in an alternative house whilst their marital home is renovated. Speculation is that the marital home is being renovated to ensure both Ben and Jennifer can continue to live together post-separation for the sake of their family.
It seems that Ben and Jennifer’s approach to their separation is geared at making the stressful period in their lives as easy on their children as possible, and avoiding any unnecessary disruption for their children. Their three children Violet, Seraphina and Samuel Garner, aged nine, six and three respectively, are already under media scrutiny.
According to some reports, Ben and Jennifer are planning to attend mediation to deal with future childcare arrangements as well as address their financial settlement once they have made the decision to divorce.
In a joint statement in PEOPLE the couple have said, “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.”
Divorce can be tough on children, and Ben and Jennifer are showing how such a difficult time can be made more manageable for young children – by both continuing to get along and putting their children’s welfare first, and by attempting to take a non-confrontational approach to future childcare and financial settlement.
If your relationship has come to an end, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide advice on the many ways to address divorce without unnecessary confrontation. We offer mediation services to help make separation as easy on you and your children as possible.
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