Courteney Cox, David Arquette in Not So Shocking Split 1Courteney Cox-Arquette’s life apparently is imitating her television show Cougar Town. She and long-time husband David Arquette have confirmed they have split, and Cox is rumored to be dating a younger man, again.

Best friends, Ben Harper and Laura Dern also announced their separation, and Harper filed for divorce from Dern on Friday (Oct. 9) citing “irreconcilable differences.”

The apparent end of the Cox-Arquette union brings to a close what was thought to be one of Hollywood’s stronger marriages. But there were signs it was coming for months.

They issued a joint statement announcing their “trial separation,” after tabloids Us magazine and In Touch Weekly reported the break up.

Cox, 46, and Arquette, 39, met in 1996 while filming “Scream” and were married three years later. They have one child, a daughter Coco, who is six.

The couple said they have been separated for some time.

“The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage,” it said.

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

“As we go though this process we are determined to use kindness and understanding to get through this together.

“We are comfortable with the boundaries that we have established for each other during this separation and we hope that our friends, family, fans and the media also show us respect, dignity, understanding and love at this time as well,” the statement said.

The marriage has been on the rocks for some time, although Cox and Arquette talked about adopting a baby in February, after Courteney said she was having trouble getting pregnant.

But Cox gave an interview to In Style magazine during the summer and admitted she and her husband had sought out couples therapy to deal with problems in the marriage.

Arquette was spotted without his ring a month ago, and some reports claim he was seen with another woman.

Cox, meanwhile, has been spotted in the company of her Cougar Town co-star Brian Van Holt, who is two years older than David, but five years younger than her.

Cox’s show is about a recently divorced woman who reenters a dating scene filled with younger men.

Van Holt plays the ex-husband of Cox’s character. He is unemployed and lives on his boat in a parking lot.