We know what you’re thinking — aren’t Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner already divorced?!
The answer, skeptical reader is no. No, they are not.
And we imagine some folks — like, say, Ben’s longtime girlfriend Lindsay Shookus — are beginning to wonder why these two are so hesitant to pull the trigger.
The official reason is that there have been delays with regard to the couple hammering out a mutually agreeable arrangement for custody of their three children.
But that explanation doesn’t tell the whole story.
Part of the reason the whole process has taken years instead of months is that Affleck and Garner nearly reconciled on several occasions.
Even after Garner filed for divorce in 2016, she and Ben were spotted attending couple’s therapy session.
These days, it seems they’ve fully made up their minds that they’re not right for each other.
In fact, there have been rumors that Affleck would like to marry Shookus as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, Ben and Jen have dragged their feet so long that they might soon be forced to start the whole process over from the beginning.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Affleck and Garner were recently cautioned that if they don’t act soon, their case will be thrown out of the system.
“This is your third notice of case review,” the document states.
“If you fail to take the appropriate steps in your case, the Court may dismiss your case for delay in prosecution.”
Turns out, even if you’re rich and famous, the courts won’t just keep your divorce petition in limbo forever while you figure out how to divide up the alpaca farm.
Whatever happens next is sure to be at least mildly interesting.
Either Ben and Jen get divorced, thus bringing our long national nightmare to an end — or they decide to drag things out even longer.
If they opt for the latter, we can’t imagine Ben’s SNL producer girlfriend will be up for waiting around much longer.
If Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande have taught us anything, it’s that the live from New York set has no trouble attracting A-list significant others these days.