While neither of the actors’ divorce petitions listed a date of separation, the couple announced their intention to separate about a year ago. Apparently, neither of the filings were made with attorneys, and both are practically identical. Both actors cite irreconcilable differences as the cause of their split. They have announced their intention to seek joint custody of all three of their children, who range in age from 5 to 11.
Affleck has recently come out publicly as having completed a treatment program for alcoholism, a disease he has struggled with throughout much of his illustrious career. While successful completion of such a program speaks well of Affleck, ongoing concerns about his substance use could be a strike against him in a child custody battle. Thankfully, the couple has publicly committed to co-parenting their children, and there appears to be little, if any, acrimony between them.
Of course, this is not always the case. As some British Columbia residents can attest, child custody can be one of the most contentious elements of a divorce, meaning that both parties should enter into the process with a thorough knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as they pertain to custody of their children. Seeking the support of experienced divorce attorneys can be helpful in navigating the often-treacherous waters of divorce law.