Los Angeles residents have likely been following with interest the developments surrounding superstar Kim Kardashian, her estranged husband Kris Humphries, and her pregnancy with new boyfriend Kanye West. Kardashian filed for divorce from Humphries in 2011, but his attorneys have sought delays in order to obtain depositions. Humphries accuses Kardashian of perpetrating fraud in their 72-day marriage and wants an annulment instead of a divorce.
Recently Kardashian has sought to light a fire under the divorce proceedings in hopes of finalizing the split from Humphries before she gives birth to her baby with West. This widely publicized development may lead readers of our family law blog to wonder: just what legal steps can Los Angeles residents take to speed up a divorce?
The technical term for what Kardashian has requested from the court is a bifurcation of status. If granted, a bifurcation of status means that the two parties in the divorce are legally considered single again. They would still have to resolve any other disputes they may have, such as property division, child support or spousal support, but they would no longer be married under the law.
California law also allows divorcing couples to agree upon a divorce settlement and jointly petition the court for a summary dissolution. In fact, if both parties can agree on all of the issues, they may not even need to appear in court. While this is clearly an unlikely scenario for Kardashian and Humphries, many Los Angeles residents may find that a collaborative divorce approach can save them time and money. It can even help minimize the emotional impact on a couple's children to see parents continue to work together and cooperate even as they finalize their split.
Source: HLNTV, "Can Kim K. really hasten her divorce?!," Graham Winch, Feb. 8, 2013