Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Put Divorce on Hold: ‘Things Changed’

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner did not celebrate their independence July 4.  

More than a year after the couple of 10 years announced their split, neither party has filed divorce paperwork. In fact, talk of divorce has ceased altogether, sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly

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“Jen mentioned that the divorce was going through very soon, and then a few weeks ago, things changed,” says a source close to Garner. “It does not seem to be moving in that direction.”

The Justice League actor, 43, and actress, 44, are cohabiting in their $17.5 million, five-bedroom mansion, albeit in separate bedrooms. Garner revealed in the March issue of Vanity Fair that she sleeps with their oldest daughter, Violet; Affleck bunks in the guest room, according to a close source.

“Jen seems to still be in love with Ben but doesn’t allow her mind to go there,” says the Garner pal. “She just focuses on the kids.”

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen in Brentwood on April 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen in Brentwood on April 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

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The man down the hall is also having trouble letting go. “If it was up to Ben,” adds a second insider, “they would be together. He feels like he can’t live without Jen.” 

Still, an Affleck source insists lawyers are hammering out the details of their divorce privately. “They were never in a rush to file. This was always the plan.”

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After Affleck’s affair with nanny Christine Ouzounian last summer, the couple have been committed to co-parenting their children Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4. In late May, while Affleck shot Justice League in London, Garner and the trio joined him in Venice, Italy. Weeks earlier, they toured Paris, with the exes slipping away for a meal at the Le Petit Marché bistro.  “They want their kids’ lives to go on as uninterrupted as possible,” says a source.

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For more on Affleck and Garner’s complicated relationship, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

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