Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck File for Divorce -- There Goes Our Happy Ending

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
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After nearly two years of hoping this couple would reunite for good, they're officially calling it quits. Reportedly, Jennifer Garner has filed for divorce from Ben Affleck. So much for happy endings ... sigh.

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While this isn't the Hollywood-style resolution we were hoping for, at least it sounds like there's no ill will on either end.

According to Us Weekly, the parents of Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5, filed without lawyers. Further, the 13 Going on 30 actress's divorce petition and the Daredevil actor's response to it were lodged simultaneously, meaning there were no surprises here.  

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Still, this news definitely caught us a bit off guard considering Affleck recently revealed he'd sought treatment to conquer his alcohol addiction once and for all and be the "best father" possible to the couple's adorable kids. 

In a Facebook post, the Oscar winner wrote: 

I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.

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Ben has always been very vocal about how much he values Jen.

Around that same time, we'd heard rumors that Garner had put the divorce on hold. All of this gave us a bit of false hope that this fractured family might be putting the pieces back together and moving forward with one another. Though that isn't the case, at least it seems like both are putting the kids first by working things out as agreeably as former partners can when making a split permanent. 

According to TMZ, both stars are seeking joint legal and physical custody of the kids and working out a financial settlement.

While this isn't the happily-ever-after we'd hoped for, it's nice to see that they're doing this as gracefully as possible.

We know that that's been their goal all along as we've seen them attending therapy, church, the kids' school functions, and even farmers' markets as a family. We hope this news means nothing will change. 

It had to be hard on both parties to have the status of their union sort of in limbo. This divorce should close that chapter. Here's hoping they can still be great co-parents and move on with their lives and careers in ways each would want. 

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