After 11 years of marriage, actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced that they've decided to take part in a trial separation. Yet unlike a divorce, a separation could be easily reversible and in some cases doesn't require formal property division.
CNN reports that if this celebrity couple was to formally divide their property through a divorce or legal separation, things could get very complicated for the family law attorneys involved in their case. Not only do Courteney Cox and David Arquette own a house together, but they're also business partners. If the two wanted to permanently separate, we could be seeing the drama that's involved in the a typical celebrity divorce all over again.
The couple formed Coquette Productions in 2004, a West Hollywood-based production company that has launched several film and television projects, including the show "Cougar Town" on ABC. The television series stars Courteney Cox, but David Arquette is the show's producer. With an official split, the couple will also likely face issues dealing with child custody and visitation. Together, the two have a six-year-old daughter named Coco Riley Arquette.
Many people, including celebrity couples, might not realize all the legal issues that can be involved in a separation or divorce. In this case, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have stated that they're separating to better understand themselves and better understand the qualities they need in a partner. We'll see if this trial separation leads to a permanent separation.