Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner just barely hit the 10-year mark of their marriage… and then filed for divorce. HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY to family law specialist, Kelly Chang Rickert, who explains why they prolonged the inevitable.
It breaks our hearts, but Ben Affleck, 42, and Jennifer Garner, 43, had been having problems for years, despite staying married for ten years. The day after their tenth anniversary, the former power couple decided to call it quits on their marriage. So why did they wait things out while knowing they would eventually divorce? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop!
“Generally, in California, a 10-year marriage is ‘long-term’ which basically allows for courts to retain indefinite jurisdiction over the issue of spousal support,” Certified Family Law Specialist, Kelly Chang Rickert, Esq., tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
In Ben and Jen’s case, when the court retains jurisdiction, it means that the court is able to continue making decisions regarding matters between them. Any marriage over ten years is automatically “long-term.” However, there may be another reason Ben and Jen waited until after their tenth anniversary to divorce.
“They may also have waited because psychologically, the 10-year mark is a strong one,” Kelly continues. “It signifies they really tried. If they have a prenup, there really is no legal significance here.” There’ still a lot of love between Ben and Jen, but in the end they were just too different to make it work.
Jennifer Garner’s Desperate Attempts To Save Ben Affleck Marriage For Their Kids
“Ben has not been living at home for a couple months, but they have been adamant that they keep the family together for the sake of the children. They didn’t want to fracture their world. So they went to counseling and tried to make changes in their lives to heal their marriage but it wasn’t enough,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
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— Julianne Ishler, Reporting by Tim Plant