- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2017

Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are finally heading to the courthouse to sever their union after two years of separation.

Hollywood gossip site TMZ initially broke the story Thursday. Both Mr. Affleck and Ms. Garner are representing themselves in court, and apparently filed their motions with the judge in a coordinated fashion.

“They both want joint legal and physical custody of their 3 kids. As for spousal support, they left it open, so the judge could award it before the divorce becomes final,” TMZ explained.

An unnamed source described the proceedings to People magazine as “super amicable.” The couple, married in 2005 and separated in 2015, have three children together and have, during the course of their separation, celebrated vacations as a family, People reported.

In March, The Associated Press reported Mr. Affleck had concluded a round of alcohol addiction treatment. About the same time, People magazine reported a source close to Ms. Garner saying the divorce had been called off with the couple “giving things another try.”

But, a source told People magazine Thursday, that was never really in the cards.

“They always planned to divorce despite what people said,” said the unnamed individual. “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.”

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