It finally has happened. I guess some would say the inevitable. But Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have finally called it quits after what appeared to be an on again off again relationship. Jennifer Garner filed a Petition for Divorce. She did not put an attorney on the Petition for Divorce which is unusual for a high profile couple. Jennifer Garner and Ben affleck filed a Joint Petition for Divorce and both are seeking joint physical and legal custody of the three minor children. The couple separated June 30, 2015 almost two years ago. It appeared from the public’s eye that the couple was trying to work things out for the children’s sake.
There is a big issue yet to be determined and that is spousal support. Apparently Ben Affleck made much more money during the marriage than Jennifer Garner. Therefore he will be obligated to pay Jennifer Garner either a lumps sum spousal support payment or monthly payments for a period of time yet to be determined. In California a marriage over 10 years will garner life time spousal support payable by one spouse to the other. In the case of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck there marriage was over 10 years so Jennifer Garner might be in for a substantial financial reward depending how she negotiates the divorce.
It also has been stated that she and Ben filed as their own lawyers which often takes away alot of animosity and litigation that having lawyers might cause. However, in the case of Ben and Jennifer they have approached the Divorce amicably and by filing as their own lawyers they are keeping up this amicable and calm approach to their divorce. In addition, what is important to them has always been their children. By both requesting joint legal and joint physical custody they both are invested in the best interest of their children.