Garner was asked to give a presentation to a room of 160 executives from Fast Enterprises, a software company that was holding a conference at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort, and the actress took advantage of the gig by turning it into a family vacation. She had a long list of requests in addition to her appearance fee, including a private jet to get her to and from the big speaking engagement, her own glam squad for meet-and-greets and dinner and hotel accommodations: two two-bedroom suites and an additional suite for a five-night stay.
Sounds like a lot to handle, but definitely necessary for the family of five to enjoy their time together. After Garner and Affleck came the kids: their daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 8, and their son Samuel, 5. Even though the couple has been separated for two years now, they officially filed for divorce this April. But the mother and father have tried hard to make the difficult time easier on the kids by setting up vacations like these.
“Jen feels it is most beneficial for the kids to have their father present,” a source close to Garner told Us Weekly, after affirming that Garner and Affleck aren’t reuniting. “Jen will always do whatever it takes to provide the best arrangements for [the kids] that she can.” A source close to Affleck also told Us that “it was a great opportunity to keep the norm going for the kids.”
So while the former couple isn’t getting back together, they do show impressive teamwork in making sure their children grow up with a family bond that many children of divorce rarely see. It’s nice that such a difficult situation can be turned into a civil and fun vacation for three young kids.