10/11/2010 AT 6:35 PM ET
After 11 years of marriage, Courteney Cox and David Arquette acknowledge they’ve hit more than a few rough patches.
Now the Hollywood pair, who are parents to 6-year-old daughter Coco, have “agreed to a trial separation that dates back for some time,” they say in a statement.
“The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage,” they say. “We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply. As we go though this process we are determined to use kindness and understanding to get through this together.”
They add: “We are comfortable with the boundaries that we have established for each other during this separation and we hope that our friends, family, fans and the media also show us respect, dignity, understanding and love at this time as well.”