Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Put $130 Million Divorce on Hold
Celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been reportedly headed for divorce for a year after the couple announced their split in 2015. But the couple has yet to officially file for divorce. Some media outlets contend that the couple has decided to reconcile, while others argue that the power couple is holding off for financial benefit.
When couples remain married for ten years or more, former spouses can claim spousal social security benefits based on their ex’s earnings. There may also be certain stipulations in a prenuptial agreement that would make it worthwhile for both parties to wait until the marriage has lasted a certain period of time.
Recent reports from PEOPLE suggest that the couple is headed towards reconciliation. Sources tell the publication that “Jen has called off the divorce.” Jen reportedly wants to work things out with her husband, and the couple is giving their marriage “another try.”
TMZ rebuked claims that the couple is considering reconciliation with a post of Jen out and about without her wedding ring. Sources told TMZ that the divorce is “very much on.”
Ben was rumored to have been caught cheating on his wife with the family’s nanny, but Jen later quashed those reports. She revealed that the couple had decided to separate long before the media started the rumors of the extra-marital affair.
Jen has contended that the nanny was not the cause of the divorce.
There were also rumors that Ben had rekindled his romance with Jennifer Lopez, his ex-fiancee. But a source close to the actor says there is no truth to the reports.
The couple, which has been married for more than a decade, has yet to reveal the reason for their split. The two are constantly photographed together with their children, and reportedly get along well. They still live together and travel frequently together as a family.
A report from MarketWatch suggests that the couple may be holding off on their divorce for financial benefit.
Divorce lawyers who specialize in high-asset divorces say the move may not only help preserve their careers, but also protect the children from psychological trauma.
Beverly Hills psychotherapist Fran Walfish told MarketWatch that nearly every divorce turns into a bitter fight over the kids or money, even when couples are amicable.
“Everyone loses and the children pay the highest price in the battle,” Walfish says. “Throughout their long separation, the public has not heard one peep about financial feuds or custody disputes from Jennifer Garner or Ben Affleck.”
While some still hold out hope for reconciliation, sources close to the couple say their status has not changed since they announced their separation. These sources told ET, “There is no update or change in Ben and Jen’s relationship.”
“They have always remained civil and they are doing this at the pace they need to do for the best interest of their family,” said one source. “No specific event occurred or changed their relationship.”
“Whatever this new normal that they created for their family is, they’re doing it,” the source added.
Author: Jacob Maslow