Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will live together with a civil relationship despite getting divorced. Sources close to the situation say they will continue to occupy their home after the split, according to New York Daily News.
Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, announced via a spokesperson on Tuesday that they were divorcing after 10 years of marriage. Ben and Jennifer have three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
“It’s obviously a very sad time for both of them,” an insider said. “They have been trying to save the marriage for years, but they know it’s the right thing for their family and for them. The kids will continue to come before everything.”
Affleck and Garner will live together for the sake of their children and the family they built. The couple had long been open about the care that they’d put into their marriage.
“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” they said in a joint statement. “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.”
Affleck thanked Garner for “working on our marriage,” at the Oscars in 2013, and said “there’s no one I’d rather work with.” She echoed the sentiment last year in an interview with InStyle magazine.
“You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now. I don’t have the energy!” she said. “But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving.”
Affleck and Garner did not sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, however, it’s claimed they aren’t concerned in the slightest over how their marital assets will be divided in divorce court. Jennifer has a $40 million fortune while Ben’s estimated net worth is $75 million.
Many have speculated that Affleck and Garner decided to hold off on their divorce until after they reached their ten-year wedding anniversary. This will adhere to California’s Family Code Section 4336, a state legal decree that defines a union lasting longer than a decade as a marriage of “long duration.”
Living together also means that under Family Code Section 4336, a family court judge has the power to determine which party gets spousal support, how much said party receives in alimony and the magistrate also has full jurisdiction over the duration of the alimony settlement.
But sources say the timing of their divorce and living together announcement has nothing to do with this legal code.
“It’s unlikely she’ll get spousal support because of her wealth, but she doesn’t need it,” an insider said. “The trick is dividing the property, which we’re told is going smoothly so far.”
Affleck and Garner will live together even though they have hired business managers to oversee asset allocation. The pair plan to reside in the same home during divorce proceedings.