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Courteney Cox And David Arquette Agree To Trial Separation

Former "Friends" star Courteney Cox and David Arquette have announced their legal separation but aren't yet planning to get divorced, according to a Yahoo News article citing the couple's joint statement to fans and reporters. They have been married for 11 years.

The two met on the set of the comedy/horror film "Scream" in 1995, got engaged three years later and finally got hitched in 1999. David Arquette and Courteney Cox explained in their joint statement that they need time and space "to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner."

They've also asked that "friends, family, fans and the media" respect their privacy as they work out their unspecified issues. It sounds amicable, or at least civil, judging by their statement:

"We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply." 

Divorce usually follows a legal separation, but not always, and Georgia divorce court requires divorcing couples to be legally separated before proceeding with the dissolution of marriage. Speak with a Georgia family law attorney if you have any questions.

The couple has been separated for several months, according to TMZ, but no other details were made available. The celebrity gossip site also cites a source "close to the couple" who said they maintain a business relationship and, amazingly, no lawyers are involved with their separation.

While it's not clear exactly why the couple decided to separate, TMZ speculated that David Arquette's Sept. 25 outing without his wedding ring was a sign that their marriage might be on the rocks.

Still, anyone the famous actor meets would recognize him as Courteney Cox's husband.

Consider meeting with an Atlanta family law attorney before embarking on a legal separation or divorce.

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