Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix end their 16-year relationship in divorce

Casey Affleck seems to follow his older brother in everything. Nine months after Ben and Jennifer split, Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix announced the end of their own marriage. Now they’re divorced and Casey has moved onto dating Floriana Lima, whilst all is quiet around Summer.

Ending 16 years together

Casey and Ben Affleck have an awful lot in common. It makes us wonder if Ben is Casey’s role model or if it is merely happenstance. Casey followed in Ben’s acting and then directing footsteps. He married less than a year after his brother and just like the older Affleck, the younger one split from his wife after nearly 10 years of marriage.

Casey, however, did not seem to have cheated on his estranged wife. At least not that we know of and not with a nanny.

The younger Affleck brother also had less of an exciting dating life prior to getting married. He was with Summer for six years before they tied the knot and even before that the two had been friends; with Casey hoping for more, but Summer dating someone else.

Apparently, Summer had been introduced to Casey by her older brother Joaquin. Summer is the youngest sister of the extensive Phoenix clan. It took nearly five years since their first meeting before Casey and Summer started to date. It was Joaquin who played Cupid and quite successfully so.

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck snapped at an event

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck snapped at an event

After four years together, the couple welcomed their first son Indiana. Two years later, in 2006, Casey and Summer were married. And son Atticus followed in 2008. The family was complete, but not picture perfect.

Sexual misconduct allegations

Two women who worked with Casey and Joaquin on their documentary I’m Still Here sued Casey for sexual harassment on set. They alleged “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances” by Casey. The cases were eventually dismissed after they were settled outside of court. It’s unclear how much money changed hands, but apparently, everyone was satisfied with the outcome. Casey did deny that anything untoward had happened, but the incident leaves a sour aftertaste.

We don’t know what Summer thought of the suit, because she has never really been asked. She has pretty much retired from public life and raises her sons instead of pursuing a career. At the time there was no suggestion that the couple might divorce, though.

Remaining ‘very close friends’

Since 2014 the Summer and Casey have not been photographed together and it has been rumoured that trust issues on Summer’s part are the main reason behind the couple’s split.

In March 2016, the couple announced that they would split. They assured everyone that they remained very close friends and that they were committed co-parents, but the marriage was irretrievably broken. It emerged that they had been working on their marriage for quite some time, even attending couple’s therapy to make things work.

But in the end, it was futile, and they arrived at the decision to end their marriage.

First Summer filed for divorce, requesting child support and spousal support as well as joint physical and legal custody, then Casey responded, agreeing with almost everything but denying spousal support. Apparently, there was a prenup anyway, which usually settles such questions.

Settling quietly and moving on

The divorce was settled very quietly. Whereas big brother Ben and estranged wife Jennifer continued to be in the news with their divorce all the time, we barely heard anything about Casey’s divorce from Summer. The only point of contention has been whether or not Casey would pay spousal support. Whilst details remain largely under wraps, the divorce was settled in August 2017. Casey disclosed a yearly income of $400k, which is not a lot given his acting credits, though Summer apparently only makes $24k a year. According to the few details, we do know, Casey will pay $4,000 in monthly child support as well as a private school for at least two years. And whilst some say he doesn’t pay spousal support, at least not that it was officially settled, others claim that he is paying Summer something.

We hope he is because she essentially gave up her career to raise their children.

In any case, Casey has long since moved on and has been openly dating Floriana Lima since October 2016. The two appear to still be going strong and perhaps she is even set to become his second wife.

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Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck at a red carpet event

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck at a red carpet event

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck holding hands

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck holding hands

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck look cool

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck look cool

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