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Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Are Divorcing After 10 Years Of Marriage

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner during happier times at an awards show in 2011. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
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After 10 years of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have decided to go their separate ways. TMZ is reporting that the couple plans on filing for divorce, just a day after the two were celebrating their 10th anniversary.

The couple offered up this statement:

"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. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding."

TMZ is calling the divorce "amicable" and is told the couple plans to share joint custody of their three kids. Right now the couple is in the middle of hashing it out with mediators and business managers. They plan to file for divorce once property and custody is all figured out.

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Ben Affleck began dating just as his high-profile relationship with J. Lo (remember "Bennifer"? And Gigli?) was fizzling out. The couple met on the set of Pearl Harbor but Affleck told Us Weekly that they fell in love on the set of the otherwise unmemorable Daredevil. Garner had previously been married to her Felicity costar Scott Foley.

This episode of the short-lived Dinner for Five may have been the moment the pair fell in love:

It looked so easy but a couple Oscars ago, Affleck disabused us of that notion very publicly in an awkward acceptance speech for Argo. He thanked Garner for "working on [their] marriage for 10 Christmases" and went on to say, "It's work, but it's the best work there is, and there's no one else I'd rather work with."

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