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This Is How Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck Have Managed Their Uncoupling

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By Rima Pundir

When it comes to divorce, one of the ugliest ways a marriage can end, things don't get any easier just because you are a celebrity couple. In fact, it may just be the opposite of easy, because being a celebrity puts you in the spotlight. The media is focused on you, the world is watching and commenting and basically nothing you do is private anymore. How then do celebrity couples make their divorces work? Let's take a few cues from Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner...

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Things Were Tough At The Beginning

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The split did not seem particularly amicable at the time. The tabloids went crazy about Affleck's proclivities with the nanny and the scandal that came out of it hit Garner and the kids hard. But Garner rallied back and in an interview with Vanity Fair was quick to point out that the supposed affair with the nanny came months after they had split. So there were no extra-marital issues between Affleck and Garner, just a very real marriage that hit the rocks.

Affleck's Public Regret About It All

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Affleck hasn't been the happiest of men off late, and it's only now that instead of hitting the bottle to handle his problems, he's trying a bit of honesty. He makes it very clear that the divorce with Jennifer Garner was and remains the biggest regret of his life because he never saw his marriage ending in a divorce. Other than letting himself and Garner down, Affleck also feels he let his children down, by not being there for them when he needed to be.

Affleck Is All Praises For Garner

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Affleck and Garner, both 47 years old, were together for a good decade before the divorce came in. And in that decade, they had three beautiful kids, Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Sam, 8. Affleck feels that he will remain connected to Garner forever because of the kids they share, and also feels very lucky to have her as the mother of his children. And there is no doubt about it, Garner is definitely a very hands-on and dedicated mother to her brood.

The Keyword Is: Respect

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Clearly, the marriage did not work out, for issues best known to Garner and Affleck themselves. But they still remain co-parents and the one thing that makes it all work for them, according to Affleck, is the respect he and Garner have for one another. He believes that it is important for the children to see their parents respect each other, even if they cannot be together. Having divorced parents is a tough gig, but Affleck believes kids appreciate honesty and are resilient enough.

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