Angie Harmon and Jason SehornLos Angeles, CA- At any given point, millions of Americans are involved in a long distance relationship and according to statistics nearly 3.5 million married couples live apart. While these relationships can be strong and long-lasting, the distance can eventually drive a couple apart. The trials and tribulations of a long distance relationship appear to have driven a wedge between actress Angie Harmon and her husband Jason Sehorn as the couple announced this week they were filing for divorce.

In a statement released via People on Sunday, a rep for Harmon and Sehorn said, “For the sake of their children, they ask for respect and privacy as they navigate this time in their lives.”

Sehorn, a former NFL player who now works as for ESPNU, famously asked Harmon to marry him on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno show in 1998. Sehorn’s engagement to Harmon began just months after he ended his marriage with his first wife,

Harmon, who currently stars in TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles” lives in Los Angeles with her three daughters while Sehorn lives in the family’s North Carolina home, according to People.

In an interview with Your Tango, the former “Law and Order” star talked about how difficult it is to divide her time between LA and North Carolina and how she made her marriage work. She said, “You have to be really considerate of each other, really kind to each other. It’s a lot of work, really.”

She said “You have to be conscientious of each other.” She also said communication was important in her marriage and especially important considered the distance between her and Sehorn.

Indeed, experts agree that communication is key in any relationship regardless whether the couple lives in the same town or hundreds of miles away. Long-distance relationships are more common among college students—they represent a third of long-distance relationships—but the number of married couples living apart has steadily increase over the past several years

Making a marriage work is a challenge and, honestly, some people just don’t have skills or the will to stay in a strained or unhappy marriage. Some marriages, regardless of how hard a couple tries, cannot be saved. It’s a sad reality.

When divorce is inevitable, the estranged couple should consult with divorce attorney so they can begin the process of unraveling their lives. Dividing the marital home and assets is not a simple task even when a couple can agree, when they don’t, this can be an insurmountable task. It’s important for both parties to compromise and work together.

Child custody, however, can push a divorce into especially acrimonious territory. In divorce, the resentment, pain and anger can take over and the practical decisions are overshadowed by emotion. During this trying time, a divorce attorney can give a couple sound advice that will help them untangle their lives in a peaceful way while still managing to protect their interests.