Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Divorce To Be “Fairly Straightforward” As New Hulu Reality Series Looms

The Kardashian clan called it quits with E! last year, and today the Kardashian-West clan is officially coming to an end too.

After seven years of marriage and a very messy last few months, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West today.

“This will be a fairly straightforward and hopefully quick process,” a well-positioned source told Deadline on Friday of the paperwork lodged in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case has already been assigned to LASC Judge Steven Cochran.

One thing that will speed things along is that Kim, who has gone by Kardashian West in recent years, is seeking joint custody of the couple’s four children. Another factor that could see the case wrapped up in relative short order is that Kanye and two-times previously married Kim have a pretty strongly defined prenup, I hear.

Still, as is always the case in such matters in the Golden State, both parties have a duty to disclose all material information,” as the court order in the Kardashian/West docket says. “If you have greater access to certain information than the other spouse, you must provide such information to the other spouse,” it notes.

The dissolution of the multi-million-dollar marriage comes after a very public meltdown by a clearly distressed West last year amidst a calamitous presidential bid that seemed concocted to aid the Power rapper’s pal Donald Trump in his losing race against Joe Biden. For Kim, the formal severance of the often very public relationship will occur as she, her mother, and siblings commence the conclusion of their professional relationship with the Comcast-owned network.

The 20th and final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians debuts on March 18. While the Ryan Seacrest created series has always been fairly explicit about the private life of its participants, the increasingly religious West has managed to stay in the background and off camera since he started hanging around with the family in 2013. Whether or not, West will make an appearance in the final episodes of the KUWTK remains to be seen, but I hear from a cable source that it is “very unlikely.”

Of course, with today’s divorce filing, it is almost certain that the multi-Grammy winner and fashion designer will not be a presence in the upcoming Hulu series and related projects that the Kardashians have coming up later this year. It was revealed at the jam-packed Disney Investor Day on December 10, 2020 that Kris Jenner, criminal justice activist Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner had all inked a lucrative deal with the House of Mouse controlled streamer.

Hulu were unresponsive today about what the status is of the new series and had it even begun production yet.

In what seemed for the most part like a pretty traditional union in untraditional circumstances, the cessation of the marriage between Kardashian and West is a bit of a throwback on the part of the petitioner. Kardashian is represented by attorney Laura Wasser.

Respectfully termed the “Disso Queen,” Wasser was Kim’s advocate in her divorce from second husband Kris Humphries in 2013. That marriage between the NBA player and the reality star lasted a mere 72 days in 2011. The actual divorce was granted less than a year before the already dating Kardashian and West were married on May 14, 2014.

Managing partner at the family law firm Wasser Cooperman & Mandles, Wasser has also handled divorces for the likes of Angelina Jolie in her split with Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp in his media frenzy separation from Amber Heard, and former California First Lady Maria Shriver’s 2011 exit from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

BTW, if you haven’t checked already, neither Kardashian or West have posted anything yet about today’s filings. In fact, Kanye has been quiet on Twitter since November 4 last year, when he teased at a 2024 White House run. In term, while Kim has been fairly active on social media, the last time Kanye appeared on her Instagram was back on November 22, 2020.

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