Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck's Divorce - 5 Facts You May Not Know

That's it, folks. It looks like Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's days together are over. Here's what you need to know about the famous couple's big split.

When did they file for divorce?

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Garner and Affleck officially filed for divorce on April 13, 2017. Neither party had an attorney present for the paperwork, which they filed together. So at least it sounds like they're on good terms with each other—as good of terms as you can be with a former flame. According to TMZ, there was no prenup, so all earnings and possessions will likely be split evenly unless Garner and Affleck decide to make other arrangements. It also seems like their divorce could be pretty quick with reports indicating that it could be made official in just six short months.

While the two may have just filed, Us Weekly confirmed in Feb. 2017 that Garner would be filing from divorce from her husband, so news of the legal proceedings comes as no surprise.

How long have they been separated?

The pair's divorce has been a long time coming. Garner and Affleck announced their separation on June 30, 2015—just one day after the couple's 10th anniversary. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," Garner and Affleck said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."

However, in March 2017, it seemed like Garner and Affleck were ready to give their marriage another go, reportedly calling off their divorce. At the time, a source said, "She really wants to work things out with Ben. They are giving things another try."

Unfortunately, their alleged attempts at reconciliation must not have yielded any positive results.

Why are they splitting?

There are a few theories as to why Garner and Affleck are saying goodbye to their romantic relationship. Us Weekly reported that Affleck's "workaholic" tendencies were to blame. After all, the man starred in three movies in 2016 alone—as the lead. That has to severely limit the time you can spend with family.

But there may be more to the split than simply stressful schedules. Affleck also reportedly has quite a few vices. Rumors spread that Affleck's gambling ways had gotten him into trouble at home. In Sept. 2014, he admitted to counting cards in Blackjack and being banned from the tables in casinos but dismissed the idea that his wife was sick of his habit. In March 2017, we learned that Affleck went to rehab for an alcohol addiction.

Oh, and there was also that alleged affair between Affleck and his children's nanny, though Garner has admitted that they were long separated before news of that scandal broke. "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny," she told Vanity Fair. "She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes."

Our guess? A lot of different factors were at play. And, unfortunately, a lot of them seem to hint that Affleck's behavior was to blame.

How long were they together?

Garner and Affleck, who met on the set of Pearl Harbor (2001), have been married for nearly 12 years. The pair wed in a private ceremony in the Caribbean on June 29, 2005. Since their wedding, the actors have had three children together: Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.

These two celebs also apparently tried hard to keep their marriage afloat for years. They reportedly entered couple's therapy to try to resolve some issues between them. "They were in couples therapy for years," a source told Us Weekly. "They were going to divorce when Sam was born but you know how it is—baby comes and solves the issues for a bit but it's just a Band-Aid. It hasn't been working for ages."

What will happen to their kids?

According to Garner and Affleck's divorce documents, the pair will share joint custody of their three children.

"They remain friends and continue to co-parent their three kids amicably," a source informed CNN. "They had always planned to divorce but just needed time. As always, their children are their first priority."

So it looks like, no matter what happens between the two, they've prioritized the upbringing of their children. Hopefully, this divorce, which has been a long time coming, will be settled and finalized quickly.