Some Illinois parents understand what’s like to end their marital ties, then face months (or years) of courtroom battles regarding various issues relating to their children. Not every divorce is contentious, however. In fact, some people (such as Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner) are so determined to keep their children’s best interests at heart, one might think they were best friends rather than married spouses in the midst of divorce proceedings.
News that Affleck and Garner had officially filed for divorce recently made its way through the media. Many fans were likely surprised to see photos of the former couple out on the town together during the recent Easter holiday. The two were reportedly photographed coming out of a church.
Affleck and Garner have three children, ages 11, 8 and 5. Witnesses say they were all smiles on Easter Sunday as reporters snapped picture after picture. The stars have been separated for about two years, and sources close to them say they’re determined to share an amicable co-parenting lifestyle because they want the needs of their children placed before their personal problems.
Since the court generally believes children fare best in divorce when they maintain active relationships with both parents, situations like Affleck’s and Garner’s are fortunate. However, many Illinois couples face tremendous communication breakdowns that make friendly arrangements nearly impossible to achieve. For those currently facing parenting plan problems in this state, it may help to rely on experienced family law assistance, especially when the need to negotiate child custody or visitation terms arises.
Source: eonline.com, “Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are All Smiles Celebrating Easter Together After Filing for Divorce“, Kendall Fisher, April 16, 2017