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David Arquette and Courteney Cox Marriage Profile


Courteney Cox and David Arquette in 2006

Courteney Cox and David Arquette in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2006.

Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
The marriage of David Arquette and Courteney Cox ended in May 2013 even though they both talk about each other in terms of friendship and love. Speculation as to what happened and who is to blame for their separation made news headlines. Here is information on how Courteney and David met, their wedding, separation, divorce, and more.
Fast Marriage Facts - Courteney and David
Met: 1996.
Married: June 12, 1999.
Split: October 2010.
Legally Separated: December 2011.
Divorce Filed: June 2012.
Divorce Finalized: May 28, 2013.
First Marriage: Yes.

Did You Know?
They said they just grew apart.


Courteney Bass Cox: June 15, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama.

David Arquette: September 8, 1971 in Winchester, Virginia.

How Courteney and David Met:

David and Courteney first met in 1996 while working on the movie Scream. According to KRT Interactive Hot Topics, Wes Craven reportedly gave David a "this-is-a-golden-opportunity, don't-blow-it-speech" during the filming of Scream 2. David proposed on a Floria beach.
David: "We met on Scream 1, and on Scream 2 we were kind of on and off dating. And by Scream 3 we were married. And now on Scream 4 we have a child. It’s sort of an amazing marker throughout our lives."
Source: Margeaux Baulch Klein. "David Arquette: Courteney Isn't Cheating!" YourTango.com.

Wedding Date and Info:

Courtney and David were married on June 12, 1999 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. They had 250 guests at their wedding including the cast from Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Spacey, and Brad Pitt.
"The two soul mates chose the work of fashion designer Valentino for their wedding attire. The bride's sleek, long-sleeved white gown was the essence of elegant simplicity, and its decolletage accented a wedding present from the groom -- an antique diamond necklace. David Arquette opted for a stylish morning coat, and added a dash of color with a deep red rose, identical to those in the bridal bouquet, for a boutonniere."
Source: "Courteney Cox and Actor David Arquette." LoveTripper.com.

Courteney and David honeymooned in the Caribbean and at Disney World and the Islands of Adventure.


David and Courteney have one daughter.

Separation and Divorce:

Courteney and David separated in June 2010, shortly after their 11th wedding anniversary. Speculation for their marital problems vary.

After holding on to the documents since he signed them on March 23, 2012, David Arquette filed for divorce on June 8, 2012.

From an interview on The Howard Stern Show, it appeared that Courteney and David agreed to liberal terms for their separation, including being okay with either of them having sex with others.

Courteney: "I don't know what will happen, but this is not like we're getting divorced. This is a separation and I think that takes a lot of courage . . . Whatever is supposed to happen will be the best thing for us ... Sometimes you just realize 'Wow, we actually have grown apart.'"
Source: Antoinette Coulton. "Courteney Cox: I'm Not Getting a Divorce." People.com. 10/31/2010.

Joint Statement of Courteney and David: "We have agreed to a trial separation that dates back 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. We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply. As we go through 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."
Source: Cathy Meyer. "Courteney Cox and David Arquette Separation Confirmed." DivorceSupport.about.com. 10/13/2010.


Courtney: Actress, director, writer, producer, entreprenueur, model.

David: Actor, writer, producer, director.


Courteney and David resided in Los Angeles, California.

Quotes About the Marriage of Courteney Cox and David Arquette:

Courteney: "He's [David] my favorite person in the world. He's my best friend. No matter what happens in our future, he's my very best friend."
Source: Aili Nahas. "Courteney Cox: David Arquette 'Is My Best Friend.'" People.com. 1/12/2012.

David: "She's [Courteney] the greatest woman I've ever met … Now, yes, she's got her issues. She tries to take on everybody's problem. She tries to be the mother to everyone –- that's why she doesn't want to be the mother to me anymore."
Source: Tim Nudd, Charlotte Triggs. "David Arquette: Courteney Cox is Tired of Being My 'Mother.'" People.com. 10/12/2010.

Courtney: "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."
Source: Mike Fleeman. "Courteney Cox and David Arquette Separate." People.com. 10/11/2010.

David: "There's a lot to relationships in general. You just have to really work at them. They're not easy, and you have to ... be kind to each other and ... figure out what each other's ... buttons are and figure out how not to push them. You can't leave your heart open. You have to be committed."
Source: Cristina Everett. "Courteney Cox and David Arquette considering Adopting Another Child." NYDailyNews.com. 9/9/2010.

Courteney: “Some things just never change, and you should realize that the intriguing things you fall in love with will probably become the things that you don’t like and the very things that you’ll be talking about for the rest of your relationship ... One thing is, I let David be himself and he lets me be myself.”
Source: David A. Keeps. "Prime Time." InStyle. 08/2010. pg. 217.

Courteney: "We have fun together and separately. We each have all the freedom in the world, which makes for a very comfortable relationship. It's easy for people to just coexist, especially when you have such different interests and work lives. You have to make an effort to stay connected, and that's something we work at."
Source: David A. Keeps. "Prime Time." InStyle. 08/2010. pg. 217.

Courteney: "People think I’m the conservative one and he’s the crazy one, but it’s not like that. I don’t like to make plans because it makes me feel trapped, whereas he likes to know exactly what he’s doing; he’s happier with defined boundaries. But we have a good balance. He’s got the best heart, he’s so giving, he’s smart and creative and he’s gorgeous. Even though he acts kooky, David is as grounded as anyone I’ve ever met."
Source: Elaine Lipworth. "Courteney Cox: 'Divorce is Not an Option.'" DailyMail.co.uk. 12/23/2008.

Courteney: "Is marriage for ever? I think you get married with the intention that it will be, but who knows? I get shocked by people getting divorced all the time, that’s why I choose to work on it. Therapy helps us. It’s so easy to grow apart; marriage takes work. I suppose you can work it out by talking to each other –- I would just prefer to have a referee, it reminds us why we’re together ... Before my dad died, he said one of his big regrets was that he hadn’t worked on their marriage enough. I don’t know what the future’s going to hold, but divorce isn’t really an option."
Source: Elaine Lipworth. "Courteney Cox: 'Divorce is Not an Option.'" DailyMail.co.uk. 12/23/2008.

Courteney: "A deal is a deal. To me that says it all. Marriage is for keeps."
Source: SimplyWeddings.com

Courtney on changing her name: "It's for real. It's on my Social Security card, everything. No hyphen. It feels like, wow, I am changing my identity. It's scary. It feels good, like I am really committed. It feels better than not doing it, and it made him happy ... Eventually I'll just go by Courteney Arquette. The reason why is because it was really important for David, for me, too."
Source: "Showbuzz." CNN.com. 9/23/1999.

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