Why Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck's Divorce Might Not Happen

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It has been a difficult time for Ben Affleck. The Oscar-winning actor, director, and producer hasn't been hitting his stride with the DC cinematic universe (or whatever the hell it is called now) -- prompting several rumors that he might soon be exiting the Warner Bros-housed superhero franchise. His other recent projects, meanwhile, haven't fared well either, including his last directorial vehicle Live By Night, which bellyflopped at the box office and failed to impress critics or audiences. To make matters worse, Affleck hasn't found a lot of happiness at home either, as he recently separated from his wife of several years, Jennifer Garner. But things might not be as dour as they once seemed for the struggling A-list celebrity. Rumors swirling around the web this weekend suggest that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner might not actually be getting a divorce. If that's the case, then it's seemingly a rare win for Affleck. Although there's reason to believe that the suspended divorce plans might be related to Garner's inability to provide the paperwork in time.

Here's what we know about the situation. According to Entertainment Tonight, Jennifer Garner is late to provide the LA County Superior Court with the proper divorce paperwork. They sent the actress a letter in the mail stressing that the final judgment has not been filed or entered in their offices. It is reportedly her third notice of case review. If Jennifer Garner fails to take action soon, she'll find the court dismissing the case for delay in prosecution. It's unclear what is causing Jennifer Garner's delay. It's possible that Garner has been tardy about producing her due divorce papers, and that she is simply delaying the inevitable when it comes to her separation from Ben. Maybe Ben Affleck is holding her back from doing it? It is also possible, though, that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are looking to rekindle their love together and give their relationship another shot. But that's ultimately us being optimistic about the situation. It's hard to know for sure what's happening with this case, but we'll be sure to keep our eye on the proceedings.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married in 2005, and there were together until 2015 when they first announced their separation. They're reportedly "amicable" during this separation, and they're also looking out for the best interest of their children. Affleck and Garner share three kids: Violet (12), Seraphina (9) and Samuel (6). While they filed for divorce in April, the acting couple hasn't yet completed their divorce process, and it's not clear where they stand in terms of their relationship. The one-time Daredevil stars did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they got married, which means that all their earnings will be split 50/50 in the event of their divorce unless another agreement is met. But maybe the divorce won't actually happen after all.

Meanwhile, away from their personal lives, Ben Affleck recently filmed the action-crime drama Triple Frontier, which is expected to arrive either later this year or early next year. He is also currently in the midst of shooting The Last Thing He Wanted, the new film by director Dee Rees (Mudbound). He also recently attached himself to direct an upcoming untitled true crime story about the rigged McDonald's Monopoly game, based on The Daily Beast article which recently went viral. That new project will allow Affleck to reunite with his buddy Matt Damon, who is expected to star in the leading role.

Additionally, Jennifer Garner was last seen in Love, Simon earlier this year and she'll next be seen in the action-drama Peppermint, which arrives in theaters on September 7th. She also lends her voice to the upcoming animated film, Wonder Park, which hits theaters next year. Garner is also soon set to return to the world of television, as she appears in the lead role in Lena Dunham's forthcoming HBO dramedy series Camping, which premieres later this year. Both Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been keeping busy, even during their child-rearing and turbulent romantic troubles, it seems.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.