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David Arquette and Courtney Cox to officially end marriage

Oftentimes, married couples who have reached a breaking point in their relationship will try a period of separation to see if they can work through their problems. Sometimes, it works. Other times, it does not and the couple ends up filing for divorce. Such is the case for celebrity couple David Arquette and Courtney Cox.

After being separated for close to two years, Arquette and Cox filed for divorce last Friday. In his petition, Arquette asked for joint custody of the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Coco. Interestingly, Arquette also stated that he will be representing himself, which is uncommon in a high-asset divorce such as this.

Similarly, Cox reportedly also asked to share joint custody of Coco and indicated that she would be representing herself in the divorce. She asked to have "Arquette" dropped from her legal name as well. Both cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending their 12-year marriage. There were no details stated on the division of assets.

Arquette and Cox met on the movie set of "Scream" in 1996. They were married three years later, but announced their separation in October 2010. Both parties have said in media interviews that they remain close friends are and are entirely supportive of one another. The pair even co-produces a TV show starring Cox called "Cougartown."

Even though the pair seems to get along fine and agrees on joint custody of their child, it is still in their best interests to have legal representatives assist them through the divorce process. This is especially true because there was reportedly no prenuptial agreement and both parties have considerable assets, which can get very complex.

Source: CNN, "Cox, Arquette on same page in divorce," Tomika Anderson, June 14, 2012

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