Jennifer Garner files for divorce from Ben Affleck

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Friday, April 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Actress Jennifer Garner has filed divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court aimed at dissolving her marriage to fellow actor Ben Affleck, citing irreconcilable differences.

Garner's petition and Affleck's response were filed together Thursday using identical language. Both Garner and Affleck indicated in the paperwork that they will be representing themselves in the divorce proceedings.

The celebrity couple has been married for more than 11 years. They have three children, all of whom they are seeking joint legal and physical custody.

In 2015, Affleck and Garner had announced their intention to divorce in a joint statement that read in part, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. 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."

In March of 2017, Affleck disclosed publicly that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction.

Formal divorce papers, up until now, had not been filed.

Garner and Affleck's date of separation was listed as "to be determined." Spousal support arrangements were also set to be determined at a later date.