Courteney Cox and husband David Arquette separate

Tuesday October 12, 2010

Eleven years after they tied the knot, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have agreed on a trial separation.

In a joint statement released on Monday, the couple revealed they had been separated "for some time" but said they remain committed parents and "best friends."

"The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage," Courteney and David said.

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

The pair, whose little girl Coco is six-years-old, added: "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…and we hope that our friends, family, fans and the media also show us respect, dignity, understanding and love at this time as well."

Courteney, 46 and 39-year-old David first met while filming Scream in 1996 and were married three years later.

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