In May 2012, the Los Angeles Superior Court entered a judgment formally dissolving the marriage of Courteney Cox and David Arquette. The couple originally separated in 2010; however, neither spouse fileddivorce papers until June 2012.
Cox, now 38 years old, and Arquette, now 41 years old, married in 1999 and have an 8-year-old daughter, who was born in 2004. The couple has reportedly agreed to share physical and legal custody of the girl. It was not stated whether either parent would be required to pay child or spousal support.
When they separated, the couple released a statement stating that they believed the split was necessary to allow each of them to decide what it was they wanted out of their marriage. Despite their efforts, however, Cox and Arquette were unable to repair their relationship. The split has been described as “amicable.” Arquette told Howard Stern in 2011 that they are ‘dear friends” who love each other still and that it was not necessary to fight during the divorce process.
Cox and Arquette are co-producers of “Cougar Town,” a comedy that stars Cox as a divorced mother. The show started on ABC but was moved to TBS in 2012. It was not stated whether they will continue to work together.
This case illustrates some of the benefits of a collaborative divorce. By working together, spouses may be able to resolve issues such as child custody and the distribution of community property. Choosing to see the split as partners working together to resolve issues in their relationship rather than as adversaries can make it seem less complicated both for the spouses and any children of the marriage. A family law attorney may be able to help negotiate a settlement and draw up papers to help clients who are contemplating divorce or beginning the process.
Source: Christian Post, “Courteney Cox Divorce: Court Finalizes Divorce From David Arquette“, Jessica Rodriguez, May 29, 2013