Phillippe and Witherspoon on Oct. 16, 2006.
and Ryan Phillippe
are legally free to marry others, court documents reveal.
As of Oct. 5, their status as a married couple was terminated. To finalize the divorce, however, they still must settle their finances and custody arrangements over daughter Ava, 8, and son Deacon, 3. Both parents are seeking a shared custody arrangement.
After seven years of marriage, Witherspoon, 31, filed for divorce
last November, citing irreconcilable differences.
The Oscar-winning actress has since been linked on-again, off-again with her Rendition
costar, Jake Gyllenhaal
, although the two have remained low-key.
Witherspoon told the October issue of Elle
that she found strength
in realizing that so many others have also made it through the pain of a divorce.
In February, Phillippe, 33, told Ellen DeGeneres
that the divorce is "the most personally devastating time in [my] life," but that daughter Ava serves as his inspiration.
The former couple met when a mutual friend brought Phillippe to Witherspoon's 21st-birthday party. Two years later, after they had costarred in 1999's Cruel Intentions
, he proposed. They married in June 1999 and had Ava three months later.