Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy are among the 40+ people involved in a sweeping college admissions scandal, though Huffman was charged and Macy was not.
The pair allegedly paid $15,000 so that their daughter Sofia could cheat on her SATs and get a leg up at University of Southern California. The Desperate Housewives alum was arrested last Tuesday and is free on $250K bail.
A source tells ET that Huffman, 56, and Macy, 69, who have been married since 1997, and also share 16-year-old daughter Georgia together, are struggling under the strain.
"This situation has been very trying on Felicity and William's marriage," the source says. "They love each other but they've been arguing a lot."
"Felicity and William have an incredibly strong marriage but this situation has put a tremendous amount of pressure on them," the source continues. "Their close friends were stunned by the news because they've always a seemed like honest, good people, people who would never lie and cheat to get what they wanted. They almost seemed to pride themselves on their honesty."
Since the scandal broke, several comments they made in the past about parenting drew scrutiny. Macy in 2004 told ET that he would happily give his daughters a "leg up" to help then "succeed."
JUDGE GRANTS STAY
Meanwhile, a judge approved a request to delay Huffman’s next court appearance in Boston. She was slated to appear beside fellow celeb Lori Loughlin and other parents implicated, but as her lawyer is scheduled to be out of town, she will appear April 3rd.
Meanwhile, Loughlin believed "her heart was in the right place" when she arranged for her daughters to get into USC, a source tells Us Weekly.
"Lori is a really great mom who is completely into her kids and family life," the source says. "She lives and breathes for her husband and children. … Her intentions were pure."
Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, who share daughters Bella, 20, and Olivia Jade, 19, were both arrested and are free on a $1 million bond after allegedly paying $500K to have them falsely designated rowing recruits.