EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are 'making it work' one year after separation, but still not divorced

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EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck 'Making It Work' One Year After Separation


It's been almost one year since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their split, and Wednesday marks the 11th anniversary of their wedding. However, while the two are separated, they still remain legally married.

"They still have not officially filed paperwork for a divorce," a source tells ET, adding they "don't know if that will ever happen."

Affleck also recently referred to Garner as "his wife" in an interview on HBO.They're "making it work," the source notes about the pair, and as the months have flown by, the estranged couple has settled into a new normal of co-parenting and "the year of wine," as Garner put it in a February sit-down with Vanity Fair.

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Actors Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
ARCHIV: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills (Foto vom 15.01.07). Ben Affleck und Jennifer Garner erwarten ihr drittes Kind. Das teilten die Sprecher der beiden Schauspieler am Montag (22.08.11) in Los Angeles mit. Das Paar sei ausser sich vor Freude ueber die Schwangerschaft, hiess es in der kurzen Erklaerung. Affleck und Garner ("Pearl Harbor") haben bereits zwei Toechter: die fuenfjaehrige Violet und die zweijaehrige Seraphina Elizabeth Rose. Die Schauspieler, die beide 39 Jahre alt sind, sind seit 2005 verheiratet. Foto: Mark J. Terrill/AP/dapd
Actor Ben Affleck points while Jennifer Garner smiles as they sit next to the Boston Red Sox dugout prior to the start of their baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday, June 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck during the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actress Jennifer Garner kisses her husband, actor Ben Affleck, at Fenway Park during a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in Boston Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Actors Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck are shown during Game 1 of the World Series in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this image made available by the Joint Network Gulf Coast Benefit, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner man the phone bank in Los Angeles during Shelter from the Storm, the live, one-hour primetime simulcast on America's six largest broadcast networks, along with several cable networks, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. Viewers in nearly 100 countries were able to tune in. Contributions were being solicited for the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. (AP Photo/Joint Network Gulf Coast Benefit, Craig Sjodin)
Boston Red Sox fans Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck take in the game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in Boston Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on October 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on October 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and wife actress Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen holding hands on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen with their daughter, Seraphina Affleck on February 06, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 07: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 07, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ben Affleck' Episode 1641 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck during the monologue on May 18, 2013 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Actors Jennifer Garner (L) and Ben Affleck attend the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by Hasbro Studios, at John Varvatos Los Angeles on March 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos)
Argo director Ben Affleck kisses his wife actress Jennifer Garner after winning the Oscar for Best Movie at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) 23116_016_1209.jpg
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend Variety's 4th Annual Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Argo' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attends 'Argo' Post Premiere Party - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
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"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said in a statement to ET on June 30, 2015. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."

Aside from actually filing for divorce and a headline-making scandal, Affleck and Garner have kept up their end of the bargain as they have gone forward in the public eye with a seemingly cordial relationship, especially around their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4. But what's really happening behind the scenes?

Take a look at what they have been up to since their big breakup:

They Still Live on the Same Property

Affleck didn't travel too far following their separation. Reports swirled shortly after they pulled the plug on their longtime romance that the 43-year-old actor was still a presence at their family home. "He still lives on the property in Brentwood, California, but in separate living quarters," another source tells ET.

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Nannygate

On July 29, 2015, Us Weekly claimed Affleck was secretly dating the couple's former nanny, Christine Ouzounian. A rep for Affleck denied the reports to ET at the time. Ouzounian reportedly chatted openly that week at the Hotel Bel-Air in California with friends about Affleck. According to ET's sources, she was glued to media coverage about herself.

"We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny," Garner claimed in a later interview about the scandal. "She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It's not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives." As for what happened to Ouzounian, ET learned in November that she was getting close again with her ex-fiance, Christoph Albury. "It's really strange," the source said at the time. "It's like they've just gone back to normal and the Ben stuff didn't even happen."

Affleck Gets a Massive Back Tattoo

Many people just get a haircut, but Affleck shocked fans with some post-breakup body art in December 2015 when he exposed a massive phoenix tattoo covering his entire back while on set for the film, Live by Night . "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart," Garner joked of the ink in her Vanity Fair Interview. "A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario?" It still remains to be seen if it's actually real as we've yet to see it in its glory again. Affleck did tell us in March, "I have a lot of tattoos. It's true, I do," adding "I don't have them places where you can see them, because that's private."

WATCH: 12 Revelations From Jennifer Garner's Vanity Fair Tell-All

Garner Breaks Her Silence on the Split

The 44-year-old actress didn't hold back during her revealing tell-all interview with Vanity Fair. She assured fans not to "worry" about her, that her "eyes were wide open" during their marriage. "I didn't marry the big fat movie star; I married him," Garner explained. "And I would go back and remake that decision. He's the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? I always say, 'When his sun shines on you, you feel it.' But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it's cold,'" she added. "He can cast quite a shadow." Garner told ET in March that the feedback she has gotten from the candid one-on-one has been "very loving."

Affleck Responds to Garner's Revealing Interview

The Oscar Winner had nothing but praise for his ex after the interview hit the Internet. "She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with, so she could say, 'Look, I already talked about it -- I don't want to do it again,'" Affleck told The New York Times. "It's fine. She's allowed to talk about it." He also shared with Ellen DeGeneres: "We're good friends and we're doing our best, and the kids are fabulous and we're working on our best for them."

They Spend Time Together Regularly With Their Children

WATCH: Ben Affleck Joins Jennifer Garner for Son Samuel's Birthday Party

There are no boundaries between them when it comes to their kids. The proud parents have been seen out and about together as a family on countless occasions. So much so that it has sparked reconciliation rumors, especially after their family trip to Paris and London in May while Affleck filmed Justice League. But will it happen? A source close to Affleck tells ET, "They're in a good place and co-parenting the best they can."

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