Celebrity Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe Legally Free to Wed Others To finalize their divorce, the couple has to work out financial and custody arrangements By Ken Lee Published on October 10, 2007 12:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters/Landov Reese Witherspoon 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.