In October 2010, actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced that they had separated. Now, nearly two years later, it appears that their attempts at reconciliation were not successful, with Arquette filing for divorce on what would have been the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary. They have one child together.
When Cox and Arquette announced their separation, they released a statement indicating that they had already been living separately for months. The goal of their separation was not divorce, they said, but to “better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.” After nearly two years apart, it seems that the couple has reached the decision that divorce is the best option for them and their family.
In his divorce filings, Arquette reportedly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce, and requested joint physical and legal custody of the couple’s eight-year-old daughter, Coco. He does not request spousal or child support, and it is not known whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement or how they plan to divide their property and assets.
In addition, it appears that Arquette prepared and filed the divorce papers on his own, leading media speculators to wonder whether he is going through the divorce process without a family law attorney. As any couple with a high net worth, Cox and Arquette likely have significant assets to divide. Even if they are in agreement about how they want to split their property, that complicated process is usually hard to do without the help of an experienced divorce lawyer or other family law professional.