Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner released a joint statement in 2015, announcing that they were splitting up and planned to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They eventually filed for a divorce almost two years later. Since their initial announcement though, the two look like they’ve really been getting along, as they have been seen in public many times together smiling and laughing.
The estranged couple said from the beginning that they were committed to co-parenting their three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. Anyone who wants to succeed at that should take notes because Affleck and Garner have become absolute pros at co-parenting, from taking vacations together to spending the holidays together as a family.
Not only are they determined to keep things as normal as possible for their kids, but they’ve shown that they have remained friends through it all. Here’s a list of how they have proved time and time again that they are the friendliest exes in Hollywood.
1. Garner still hangs out with Affleck’s mom
As we mentioned, Garner has been seen out with Affleck, smiling and laughing post-split, but she’s also been photographed doing the same with his mother. Although Affleck and Garner officially filed for divorce in April 2017, there are no hard feelings toward Garner from her ex’s mom, Christine.
TMZ spotted the two women hanging out together and chatting it up as they walked down a street in Brentwood, California, proving that Garner is just as friendly with Affleck’s mother as she is with him.
2. Affleck gushed over Garner post-split
Something that isn’t too easy to do after a breakup is compliment your ex, but Affleck did just that when he gushed about Garner’s parenting skills during an interview with E! News.
“Jen is a superhero mom. She is an amazing mother and I’m really lucky to have her as a partner to co-parent these kids with,” the actor said.
3. They vacationed together in the Bahamas
You would have to be on good terms, or at least friendly, with someone to go on vacation with them, right? Affleck and Garner have continued to do that since deciding to end their marriage.
Just two months after filing for divorce, the family headed to Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas. An insider said that it’s an annual trip they take every summer after the kids get out of school, and despite their split, they chose to continue the family tradition.
4. They vacationed together in Europe while Affleck was on location
The Caribbean isn’t the only place Jen and Ben vacationed with their kids. In 2016, when Ben was on location filming Justice League in London, he wasn’t there alone. Garner and the children joined him. The family then traveled throughout parts of Europe to take in the sights.
Prior to that, Page Six also reported they took a trip together to Montana with their famous celebrity pals, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.
5. They still spend holidays together
The Affleck-Garner clan still spends the holidays together, and we’re not just talking about Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners with their extended family.
The exes are so friendly that on Fourth of July, they attended a parade in Santa Monica, California in 2017, with their family dog and as always, were looking happy together.
6. They attend church services together
You probably wouldn’t go to church with someone if you didn’t get along with them, but just days after filing for divorce, Vanity Fair noted that the duo was spotted going to Easter Sunday mass with their children.
Need more proof that Affleck and Garner are in a good place? Well, this wasn’t the first time they’ve attended services together, and it won’t be the last time they celebrate the holiday together. In April 2018, Garner once against spent Easter weekend with Affleck and her children, this time in Hawaii.
The actress and her kids reportedly made the trip to Hawaii where Affleck is currently filming his movie “Triple Frontier.”
7. Garner revealed how well they are doing as a family
Another sign that there really isn’t drama between the estranged couple? Just listen to Garner open up about how well they are doing as a family.
“We are definitely a modern family,” the actress told TODAY. “We’re doing really well.”
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