Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe Legally Free to Wed Others
10/10/2007 AT 12:40 PM EDT
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.