Kim Kardashian, 40, is being represented by famed divorce attorney Laura Wasser. She is asking that their prenup be upheld.
One of the most famous celebrity couples, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, are headed to splitsville, as speculated earlier. Kardashian, 40, filed for divorce from her husband of almost seven years. She filed the divorce petition at the downtown offices of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The 40-year-old was represented by prominent divorce attorney Laura Wasser, according to NBC News.
The divorce filing was not a surprise since the couple had been living apart, and there were months of speculation about their relationship status. Kardashian, the mother-of-four kids, had revealed previously that they were struggling with West's bipolar disorder.
The reality TV star is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their four kids: North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 21 months, according to Us Weekly. She listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their divorce. She is also asking the judge to ensure that their prenup, which was signed before their May 2014 wedding, be maintained. Furthermore, she is asking to terminate the court’s ability to award spousal support for either party. The date of their separation was listed as "to be determined."
Kardashian reportedly had Wasser on retainer for many months now. The attorney has previously represented celebrities in divorce court, including singers Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Kelly Clarkson and actors Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard as well as model Heidi Klum, writes NBC News.
The 43-year-old-rapper, who had been open about his struggles with bipolar disorder, had made some controversial quotes about abortion and the couple's eldest daughter during his political campaign. He later apologized for it, as per Us Weekly. He had also gone on Twitter rants, including accusing his wife and her mother, Kris Jenner, of wanting to “lock” him up. West further added that he wanted to divorce Kardashian many years prior.
Eventually, his wife publicly addressed his mental health in an Instagram post. "Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how complicated and painful it is to understand," Kardashian wrote on Instagram in the summer of 2020, as per CBS News. "I've never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye's right to privacy when it comes to his health," she added.
“Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” she wrote in part, as per Us Weekly. "People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try."
The rapper had announced last year that he would be making a US Presidential bid and even managed to secure thousands of votes. He was in seventh place in terms of the number of votes, after Joe Biden followed by Donald Trump and nominees from the Libertarian, Green, and Alliance parties and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
The family went through more changes last year when in September 2020, Kardashian and her family announced that their long-running reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians will be coming to an end. The last season of the show is set to premiere in March 2021.
Kardashian and West had married in an elaborate wedding in 2014 in Florence, Italy. She was previously married to former NBA star Kris Humphries and songwriter Damon Thomas.
Kardashian is the child of Jenner and the late Los Angeles attorney Robert Kardashian, who is best known as a friend and lawyer for former football player O.J. Simpson.
She turned to advocacy recently and lobbied the Trump White House on criminal justice reform. She helped the release of Alice Johnson in 2018 and has continued her efforts for others. She is also pursuing her degree to become a lawyer just like her father, Robert, who was a criminal defense attorney.
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