As Courteney Cox and David Arquette prepared to drop the shocker of their sudden split, RadarOnline.com has learned the couple had already hatched a joint custody deal to share parental rights of daughter Coco.
When news broke of the Scream co-stars separation on Monday, six-year-old Coco was with her mom at their Hollywood mansion, just off Sunset Boulevard.
“This is a difficult time for Courteney and David and their primary concern is for Coco,” said one source.
And the one-time couple has been savoring every minute of custody each can get with Coco — an arrangement struck as part of their trial separation.
Courteney even brought Coco to the Cougar Town set last month and while she worked the adorable little girl — who is the goddaughter of Jennifer Aniston — enjoyed a play date with a friend.
Courteney was also photographed two weeks ago, taking Coco for a bite to eat at Japanese restaurant Nobu in Malibu, California, without Arquette.
“Courteney and David have been living in separate homes for some time,” said another source.
Announcing their split, the couple hinted lawyers were not yet involved, or required, in their separation.
“We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply,” the pair said in a joint statement.