16 Celebrity Exes Who Do Co-Parenting Right

Hollywood is full of fairy tales, but the stories don't all have happy endings. Some of our favorite celeb couples -- from Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz -- marry and have kids, only to split months or years later. These 16 celeb ex-couples have made the best of their breakups for their kids, staying friendly and co-parenting their children as a team.  

They put their kids first, in some cases celebrating holidays and important events as a family and even vacationing together. Click to find out which celebs are acing parenting post-divorce. 

 

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  • Demi Moore & Bruce Willis

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    Moore and Willis married in 1987, had three daughters, and divorced in 2000. They have put their kids' happiness first in the years since, frequently reuniting (along with Bruce's wife, Emma Heming) for big events in the lives of Rumer and her two sisters.

  • Heidi Klum & Seal

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    After marrying in 2005, Klum and Seal renewed their vows in over-the-top celebrations every year. They split in 2012 and divorced two years later. Though their separation was rocky, Klum and Seal have since smoothed things over, attending their four kids' soccer games together.  

  • Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck

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    Garner and Affleck announced their split in 2015, after a decade-long marriage and three kids. Despite accusations of infidelity, the actors have put their kids' happiness first and both remain hands-on in their son and daughters' day-to-day lives. 

  • Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie

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    Duff and ex-husband Comrie were married for four years before separating in 2014. They remain close as they raise son Luca, most recently vacationing as a family in Hawaii in February 2016.

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  • Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe

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    Witherspoon and Phillippe married young in 1999 and ended up getting divorced in 2007. The amicable parents frequently join forces to cheer at their daughter and son's sporting events. 

  • Tom Brady & Bridget Moynahan

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    Brady and Moynahan dated from 2004 to 2006, and the actress realized she was pregnant soon after they split and the QB got together with supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The friendly exes email each other about their son's special day-to-day moments -- like winning a reading award.  

  • Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

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    Lopez and Anthony split in 2011, but they still work as a team to parent their son and daughter. The exes even recently hammed it up in a family photo at their twins' 7th birthday party and posted the happy shot on Instagram.

  • Heather Locklear & Richie Sambora

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    After a dozen years of marriage, Locklear and Sambora divorced in 2007. They still vacation as a family with teen daughter Ava, heading to Bora Bora and Hawaii in recent years. 

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  • Kate Hudson & Matt Bellamy

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    Hudson has said her experience growing up in a broken family has motivated her to co-parent amicably with exes Bellamy and Chris Robinson. Bellamy and Hudson even spent Christmas Eve 2015 together as a family, tweeting a photo with the hashtag #ExMas.

  • Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz

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    Daughter Zoe doesn't have to pick one parent over the other. Bonet and Kravitz, who were married from 1987 to 1993, have stayed super-close.

  • Courteney Cox & David Arquette

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    Married in 1999, Cox and Arquette officially divorced in 2013, but separated a few years earlier. They continue to speak highly of each other as they co-parent daugther Coco. Cox even directed Arquette in 2014's Just Before I Go. 

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  • Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz

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    Simpson and Wentz married young in 2008 and split less than three years later. The Fall Out Boy rocker and pop singer have remained on good terms as they raise son Bronx. 

  • Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger

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    Their 25-year marriage ended with a scandal, with Shriver filing for divorce in 2011 after Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a child with the family's longtime housekeeper. The exes have managed to stay on the same parenting page however, celebrating family birthdays together with their four kids. 

  • Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli

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    Garth and Facinelli split up in 2012 after 11 years of marriage. Continuing to raise their three daughters together is easier because they respect each other as parents, they say.

  • Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes

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    Winslet and Mendes, who married in 2003 and split in 2010, have a son together. The actress is on good terms with her director ex and says their son has a great relationship with him.  

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  • Debra Messing & Daniel Zelman

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    Messing and her TV producer ex Zelman married in 2000 and filed for divorce in 2011. The friendly pair are on the same page about putting their son first -- they even lived together for two years after separating in 2010.

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