By Isabel Jones
Oct 05, 2018 @ 9:15 am

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s divorce proceedings are the never-ending story of the 20-teens. Honestly, they’ve taken about as much time to finalize things as we have to come to terms with the idea of our former favorite couple splitting up (read: a LOT).

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The parents of three announced their split in summer 2015, and they’re still legally married.

However, it seems their marital status will soon be shifting — earlier this week, Garner made moves to speed the process. According to E!, the Camping star filed to have a retired judge oversee the case — moving the case from the court system to a private judge ensures a faster turnaround. The judge in question will preside until March 1, at the latest, and will be released early if the divorce is finalized before then. So … looks like Ben and Jen will be free agents by 2019.

Coinciding with this news, Affleck, who recently completed a 40-day stay in rehab for alcohol addiction, opened up about his recovery on Instagram. “Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,” he wrote, “Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family.”

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