Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck may still be a team as they co-parent and work on Affleck’s sobriety, but they are still ready to go their separate ways legally.
According to multiple reports, Garner has officially filed court documents to finalize her divorce from Affleck. On Monday, October 1st, Garner, 46, requested to have their case pulled from the LA County Superior Court system so that a private judge could speed things up.
They announced their separation in June of 2015, one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary. They filed for divorce in April of 2017, and requested joint legal and physical custody of their children.
AFFLECK BREAKS SILENCE
Meanwhile, Affleck has broken his silence on his stint in rehab.
He took to Instagram to write: “This week I completed a forty day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care. The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.”
He continued: “Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a lifelong commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family. So many people have reached out on social media and spoke about their own journeys with addiction. To those people I want to say thank you. Your strength and courage is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible. It helps to know I am not alone. As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of wisdom and strength, not weakness or failure. With acceptance and humility, I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people and I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.”
Affleck and Garner have continued to spend holidays and vacations together and Garner is credited with getting Affleck, also 46, back into rehab in August for the third time. Until he was out and stabilized, she put the divorce proceedings on pause, but now that he’s back on the straight and narrow, she is reportedly ready to pull the trigger.