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Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries' divorce settled at last

People in Ogden who enjoy following celebrity marital dramas will be interested to know that the divorce between reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband, professional basketball player Kris Humphries, appears to be over. At least one news outlet is reporting that the former spouses, whose breakup just weeks after their made-for-TV wedding in 2011 made headlines, have negotiated a financial settlement.

The settlement, which was announced on April 19, appears to end Humphries' attempt to be granted an annulment instead of a divorce. Humphries had previously accused Kardashian of fraud, saying that she tricked him into marrying her as a plot device for her reality show and never intended to stay with him. If he had been granted an annulment, he and Kardashian would not have to divide their marital assets.

However, given that the marriage lasted just 72 days before Kardashian announced that she was seeking a divorce, little of their marital property likely became comingled. California, where the divorce occurred, is a community property state, which means that property acquired during the marriage is jointly owned by the spouses and must be split 50/50. In Utah, on the other hand, all assets brought into the marriage as well as the community property must be divided roughly equally, unless the parties otherwise agree.

Kardashian was present at the hearing to submit the settlement to the court. The judge asked her if there was any way to save the marriage, but she smiled and said, "No." Humphries was not present. The court had scheduled a hearing to consider sanctions against him for failing to appear at a prior hearing, but the court canceled that hearing. Humphries' NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets, was scheduled to play the Chicago Bulls the day after the April 19 hearing.

Source: ABC News, "Settlement Reached in Kim Kardashian's Divorce Case," Lesley Messer, April 19, 2013

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