Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Divorce: Who Gets What?
By now you’re probably well aware that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Hollywood’s Golden Couple and parents of three adorable children, have called it quits exactly one day after their 10th wedding anniversary.
After 10 years of marriage and a ton of successful movies, there is a lot of money and assets to be divided – so who gets what?
It’s estimated that the couple have a combined fortune of $150 million, coming from Jennifer’s hefty paychecks from Alias (which went into syndication), Elektra, lucrative endorsement deals (Neutrogena and Capital One) and film work, and Ben’s major blockbuster successes (think Gone Girl, Argo, and Batman v Superman, which is hitting theaters next year and just may turn into a series gig for the star). The couple also own four properties – their LA mansion, a Manhattan apartment, an estate in Georgia, and a ski retreat in Montana. TMZ is reporting there is no pre-nuptial agreement in place, which can make this quite tricky!
So, who gets what?
California – where the couple primarily resides and where they have filed for divorce – is a “no-fault” state, which means when there’s no pre-nup all earnings and properties attained during the course of the marriage would be split 50/50 between the two parties. Additionally, when spousal support is awarded, it’s awarded based on income, earnings, and the longevity of the marriage. Typically after a couple has been married for 10 years the amount of spousal support they’re eligible for jumps up quite a bit.
However, Jennifer and Ben seem to want to avoid that path, with sources saying they’ll be working through mediators, rather than lawyers, and that neither of them will be seeking any sort of spousal support. Additionally, Ben will continue to reside with Jennifer and the children at their Brentwood home, albeit in another property on the estate, so that they can effectively and efficiently co-parent their children.
Let’s hope that these two are able to work things out amicably … and let’s be honest, I am thoroughly hoping for a reconciliation somewhere down the line. These two may not have been Hollywood’s longest married couple, but they were awfully close, and while their relationship has been rife with cheating, drinking and gambling rumors, they had always been able to make it through and come out on top.
What do you think? Will things stay amicable for Jennifer and Ben? Will they get back together down the line, or is this the end of the road for Hollywood’s most adorable couple? Let us know in the comments!