Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially file for divorce

'We go forward with love and friendship for one another'

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'We go forward with love and friendship for one another'

Despite news emerging last month that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck had called off their separation, the A-list couple has now officially filed for divorce.

The couple who met while filming the comic book action film, Daredevil, have been married since 2005, and have three children together, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel.

The actors announced their separation two years ago, with Jennifer filing for divorce just days after their 10-year anniversary. The two issued a joint statement announcing their split:

‘We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter.’

Taking a page out of the Gwyneth-Chris handbook, Jennifer and Ben have remained friends since their separation, vacationing in the Bahamas with their family and even co-hosting a birthday party for their son, Samuel, last month.

We weren't surprised then when 20 months into their separation, the couple put the brakes on their divorce, choosing to work on their marriage instead, with Jennifer Garner apparently having a change of heart and wanting to pause the proceedings.

‘She really wants to work things out with Ben. They are giving things another try,’ a source reportedly explained to People. ‘There is always a chance of reconciliation. They love each other. They also really, really love their kids, and those kids love their parents.’

It was announced yesterday, however, that two years after their separation Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have officially filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, ending what would be a 12-year marriage this June.

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