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Kim Kardashian Is Now "Legally Single" And It's What She Deserves

Kimye is no more.

By ELLE Team
Update 03/03/22: Following over a year of divorce proceedings, Kim Kardashian has been declared "legally single" by a Californian judge.
After 6 years of marriage and 4 children, Kimye is officially no more.
During a bifurcation hearing in Los Angeles on March 3, Judge Steven Cochran ruled in favour of Kardashian, granting her "desire to be divorced".
Though, this doesn't mean that they're officially divorced.
In December of 2021, Kardashian submitted to the court her requests for the divorce to be split into two parts: a hearing to declare her marital status as 'legally single' and drop the 'West' from her surname, and another to determine custody and assets.
In February this year, Kardashian expressed her desires to be single, citing "I have come to the realization that there is no way to repair our marriage. Kanye does not agree but at least it appears that he has come to the realization that I want to end our marriage, even if he does not."
So, despite Kardashian and West both recognised as "legally single" in the eyes of the law, they will still have to undergo court proceedings to resolve custody status of their children along with the separation of their assets.
Given how public (and messy) their divorce has been, we can only imagine that their legal marriage is far from over.
Court documents reveal that Kardashian will revert back to her maiden name, which is especially timing considering her beauty label 'KKW Beauty' is undergoing a rebrand.
Update 14/04/21: It's official, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting a divorce. Currently, there is no clear picture of what went wrong for the power couple, but it looks like Kardashian and West are already on the fast track to becoming legally separated.
In a filing by West's legal counsel on April 9, the fashion designer-slash-musician submitted a response to the divorce papers that Kardashian filed back in February. In that response, West cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their conscious uncoupling, possibly related to his past behaviour, as per People.
West's legal response also included a request that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife share legal and physical custody of their four young children: North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm. He also asked that the court to ignore its right to award spousal support for either party.
While there have been many rumours about their potential split, things really became real when the divorce filing went through earlier this year. Since then, Kardashian and her family have been uncharacteristically low-key about the legal proceedings to follow, and have remained quiet about the breakup aside from teasing how it could turn out on the final season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Original 22/03/21: Kris Jenner has finally broken her silence on daughter Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kanye West, revealing if the couple's split could potentially play out on the final season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Ahead of its premiere, Jenner sat down with The Kyle & Jackie O Show and addressed Kimye's split publicly for the first time.
"I think it's always going to be hard any time... you know, there's a lot of kids," she told the hosts, per People.
"The good thing about our family is that we are there for each other and supportive and we love each other very, very much—so all I want is for those two kids to be happy. And I want the kids to be happy. That's the goal. I think we all want that for our families, just to be able to have... the love and appreciation of one another and just that everyone's okay."
When asked if viewers will be seeing the couple's divorce play out on KUWTK, the Kardashian-Jenner matriarch remained tight-lipped, saying, "You might."
"I don't know what they have decided on in the finale because we haven't even seen the first show yet. I'm sure they're putting some final touches, but I think it's just a private time for them," Jenner added. "Kim wanted to deal with this with her own family in her own time, so I think that's going to be for her to work through and process. When she feels like it, I'm sure she'll say what she needs to say."
In February 2021, Kardashian officially filed for divorce from West after lengthy speculation had followed the couple for the last year.
The report came via a representative for Kardashian, and while there is still little official information at hand, TMZ's sources say the split was amicable and that she was seeking joint custody of their kids.
TMZ's sources also said the divorce was imminent after Kanye's recent Twitter outbursts, but given he was struggling with bipolar disorder at the time, Kim didn't want to impact his mental state further with a split.
According to sources, the couple have been living separately for months, with Kanye in Wyoming and Kim in Calabasas with their four children. However, the split is said to be amicable and based on lifestyle and politics issues.
Kanye is yet to make a formal statement regarding the divorce.