Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin are doing their best to make their marriage work. Flavin, 54, filed for divorce from the 76-year-old action star after being married for 25 years. A source close to the couple told PEOPLE she’s happier now, adding, “She has been spending time with Sly and they are slowly figuring things out. Communication has been an issue in the past, but they are both working on communicating better.”
“They are amazing together when they are happy,” the source added. “Their friends can’t imagine them getting a divorce. It really seems they will be able to work things out though. Everyone is happy that they are giving their marriage a second chance.”
The source also mentioned that Flavin filing for divorce was a wake-up call for the actor. They have three daughters together: Scarlet, 20, Sistine, 24, and Sophia, 26.
The source continued, “When Jen filed for divorce, she felt she had no option. She felt unheard and was very frustrated. She had been telling Sly that she was going to file, but it seemed he didn’t believe her. It pretty much came as a shock to him. He never wanted a divorce. He always wanted to work things out.”
“He has been working hard to win her back. They love each other,” the source added. “They want to keep their family together.”
On August 19, Flavin filed a petition “for dissolution of marriage and other relief” from the Rocky star. Her allegations stated that he “engaged in the intentional dissipation, depletion and/or waste of marital assets which has had an adverse economic impact on the marital estate.” Stallone denied them.
News of their reconciliation came a few days after a Palm Beach County, Florida court filing mentioned that the couple agreed it is “in the best interests of each of them individually, and more importantly collectively as a family, to resolve all issues attendant to the dissolution of their marriage in a dignified, amicable and private manner out-of-court.”
Flavin told PEOPLE after she filed for divorce, “I’m sad to announce that after 25 years of marriage I have filed for divorce from my husband Sylvester Stallone. While we will no longer be married, I will always cherish the more than 30-year relationship that we shared, and I know we are both committed to our beautiful daughters. I ask for privacy for our family as we amicably move forward.”
As for Stallone, he said in a statement then, “I love my family. We are amicably and privately addressing these personal issues.”