Hilary & Chad to Divorce

It's over for Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe.

In January, Hilary and Chad released a joint statement announcing that they had officially separated. But instead of immediately filing for divorce, they vowed they would work on their troubled marriage. And things looked optimistic -- at the end of January, Hilary arrived at the Golden Globes with her ring on. The following month Chad was photographed visiting Hil on the set of her movie.

But reconciliation isn't in the script for this couple, who married in 1997.

"Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe have jointly decided to divorce," the couple's lawyer, Jeffrey A. Bernstein, tells PEOPLE. "They continue to be friends and have the utmost respect for one another."

This was the first marriage for both of them and they have no children.

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