Courteney Cox Arquette has filed her own divorce papers from husband David Arquette, asking that her maiden name be restored.
As David Arquette was filing divorce papers of his own on Friday, Courteney Cox Arquette filing papers herself – only it took an extra day for her filing to be discovered. There has been speculation that the couple even filled out the paperwork together as they both have decided to represent themselves, without lawyers, in the divorce.
David Arquette’s filing occured March 23, 2012, whereas Courteney Cox’s filing had Friday’s date, June 8. The couple has listed their separation date as December 31, 2011, despite the announcement that their “trial separation” began in October 2010.
Both Courteney Cox and David Arquette listed the same reason for their split, “irreconcilable differences.” In her filings, Courteney Cox also asked for joint physical and legal custody of their daughter Coco, whom turned 8 on Wednesday. Courteney Cox Arquette also asked that her name be restored to Courteney Cox, dropping the name she took from her husband.
The couple met on the set of the 1996 slasher film Scream and married three years later in June 1999. Courteney Cox, 47, and David Arquette, 40, have been open about their differences throughout their marriage, and their divorce is not expected to be as nasty as other notable Hollywood splits.
Courteney Cox told InStyle magazine during her marriage, “We’ve done couples therapy in the past. We’re not lazy about our marriage. We have the same arguments we’ve had for years.”
David Arquette explained to Howard Stern the reasoning behind their split after news of it became public in 2010, saying: “[She said] ‘I don’t wanna be your mother anymore.’ I appreciated that. I respected it. I’ve been going to therapy. I’m trying to grow up. I’m trying to be true to myself. Trying to figure out myself and my world, as is she.”
In January, Courteney Cox hinted at their amicable split telling People magazine, “He’s my favorite person in the world. He’s my best friend. No matter what happens in our future, he’s my very best friend.”