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Archive for August, 2012

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: Till Divorce Do Us Part

After being married for only 72 days, it appears that the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries saga is here to stay…for a while at least.  The high-profile couple married on August 20, 2011 in a widely-publicized television wedding, and Kardashian filed for divorce on October 31, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences.  Legal teams for Kardashian and Humphries have been battling ever since, with hearings in the Los Angeles Superior Court scheduled well into 2013.  Both sides are pointing fingers at the other for the protracted divorce proceedings.

While Kardashian is asking the court for a legal divorce, Humphries is requesting an annulment of the marriage.  Legally speaking, an annulment means the marriage is declared null and void.  The basketball star’s basis for the annulment claim is fraud, arguing that Kardashian entered into the marriage solely to promote her various television shows and make money.   According to The New York Post, revenue from the wedding, combined with sponsorships and gifts totaled nearly $17.9 million dollars for Kardashian.

Initial reports from a lawyer for Humphries indicate that a trial on the issue of annulment could last as long as two weeks in court, with potential deposition lists featuring names like Kanye West and Kris Jenner.  You may be wondering why a marriage that lasted only 72 days is taking much longer to settle.  The dispute over whether the marriage should be annulled or ended by divorce, and thus whether the couple’s prenuptial agreement should be honored, is largely to blame for the delay.  If the court rules that the marriage is not fraudulent, and an annulment cannot be granted, then the couple’s prenuptial agreement will likely determine the settlement terms.

Kardashian’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, has been very vocal about her frustrations with the delay, arguing that a settlement should not be difficult given the length of marriage and the existence of a prenuptial agreement to govern the division of any marital assets.  However, it is not uncommon for high-asset divorce cases, like this one, to be contentious.  Often times, neither party is willing to concede their position and forego valuable property and monetary rights, forcing many couples to settle their issues in court.  Given the circumstances and publicity surrounding the breakdown of the marriage between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, their divorce will undoubtedly be no less dramatic.  And who knows, we might just get to watch the proceedings live!