Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck file for divorce after two years of separation

The former couple would like to have joint custody of their three children

The former couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their separation two years ago filed their divorce petitions on Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to inquisitr, the former couple would like to have joint custody of their three children.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Garner and Affleck released a joint statement on June 30, 2015 stating, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce." Further added, "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."

Despite the former couple's irreconcilable differences, they have always given priority to their three children- Violet, 11, Seraphina, eight, and Samuel, five. Ben Affleck reportedly visited his ex and children often to spend time with the kids.

The exact reason for the split of the two was not known but rumours about Affleck dating the nanny started circulating. Soon, it was speculated that the nanny is possibly the reason behind their separation.

However, nearly a year later backing up her ex-husband Garner told Vanity Fair, "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation," she stated.

There were rumours about their reconciliation as well when Affleck was seen wearing his wedding ring and fans expected that they would reunite soon. In fact, there were reports about them attending marriage therapy too, on September 3, 2015 they were spotted together and seemed to be quite happy, inquisitr reported.

Fans highly hoped that the couple who announced their separation two years ago and didn't divorce yet would reconcile sooner or later but hopes turned out to be short-lived as on April 13, 2017, the couple finally filed their divorce petitions.

The only good thing is though the couple is no longer together they share a good and friendly relation and is likely to continue to have one for the sake of their children.