Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are settling their divorce as amicably as possible, an insider tells Us Weekly exclusively. The couple, who announced in a joint statement to Us on Tuesday, June 30, that they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, aren’t looking for a legal battle.
“They don’t want this to be War of the Roses,” the source tells Us, explaining that the now-exes plan on using a mediator to dissolve their marriage swiftly. “They want it to be simple and this takes the drama out of it. It is important for them to keep this nice and efficient for the sake of their family.”
Their announcement comes one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary. The Argo star, per California law due to the length of the marriage, will be paying spousal and child support, the insider notes.
The Daredevil costars, who fell in love on set of the 2003 flick and married in 2005, are parents to kids Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. And it’s their kids, the insider says, they’re going to remain amicable for.
So much so, Affleck will continue to live on their Brentwood property — though not in the same house — so both he and Garner, with whom he will share joint custody, can co-parent their children, the insider tells Us.
“They’ve been married for a long time and tried to make it work for many years,” the insider adds of why they called it quits. “They eventually realized this is the best thing to do for their family. They don’t want it to be contentious. A lot of people say that but they are doing things to ensure that it won’t be. There is a lot of love there but, they are doing what is best for everybody."
As previously reported by Us, there’s been trouble in the couple’s marriage for awhile.
“Things are not all peaches and cream with them,” another insider told Us. “Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire.”