Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have finalized their divorce with alleged 'closely monitored' joint custody of three children
Back in 2015, when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced they had broken up, a part of us hoped they would somehow still find a way to make it work.
However, three years later, the pair have finally officially divorced, after ten years of marriage and three years of separation.
According to a new report from People, the divorce was finalised after the two met at Garner's house with lawyers and a private judge on Thursday.
News of the divorce comes after Garner allegedly staged an intervention and convinced Affleck to go back to rehab to deal with his alcohol addiction.
Apparently, the 13 Going On 30 actress wanted the 46-year-old to be sober before they settled the divorce and decided upon a custody agreement.
No details of their custody agreement have been made public, but it has been alleged by a celebrity news website that the pair have landed upon joint custody in which the actor's time with the children is closely monitored.
The report from TMZ states:
"We're told the physical custody agreement is vague ... it doesn't outline any specific division of time with the kids. But, we're told, at least at the beginning, Jen will get the lion's share of custodial time, and when Ben has the kids he will have a monitor to ensure he's sober and the kids are safe."
The former couple first met on the set of Pearl Harbour, but fell in love years later when they were both cast in Daredevil. They married in June 2005 and announced their split in June 2015, before beginning the process of filing for a divorce in April 2017.
Recently, the Gone Girl actor broke his silence on his recent rehab stint in an emotional Instagram post that thanked his family and fans for their support.
On his Instagram page, he wrote: "This week I completed a forty day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care. The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others."
He continued to open up about his "lifelong struggle" with addition, claiming he had drawn inspiration from those who have shared similar journeys and this had reminded him that he was not alone.
"Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle," he wrote, "Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family. So many people have reached out on social media and spoken about their own journeys with addiction. To those people, I want to say thank you. Your strength is inspiring and is supporting me in ways I didn’t think was possible. It helps to know I am not alone."
He added: "As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure. With acceptance and humility, I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people and I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling."
Well done to Jennifer and Ben for keeping their family together at this difficult time, it's certainly can't have been easy.