Quick Divorces in Los Angeles
Although in California there is a mandatory waiting period of 6 months that must pass between the filing for divorce and the official granting of the divorce papers, the wheels turn much quicker toward settlement in some cases than others. Here is a look at five couples who managed to take a speedy route to moving their separate ways once the end was in sight.
Kris Jenner & Bruce Jenner
Kris and Bruce Jenner, who were married in April 1991, both had impressive resumes. She — producer (owning her own company, “Jenner Communications”), television personality, entertainment manager, business manager, and author (“Kris Jenner … and All Things Kardashian”); he — gold medalist in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics, recipient of the 1976 James E. Sullivan Award, recipient of the 1976 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Award.
However, the dynamic duo called it quits in October 2013, though Kris Jenner did not file for divorce until September 2014. The near 23-year marriage was ended in December 2014, taking only 3 months to settle. The judgment awarded $2.5 million, a 2011 Porsche 997 coupe, 2013 Cadillac Escalade, and a 2007 Harley motorcycle to Bruce, and a 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost, a 2014 Bentley, a 2014 Land Rover, and the family home to Kris. The remaining bank accounts and other assets would be divided and neither party was ordered to pay spousal support.
Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were married in September 2004, just five months after they met. At the time of marriage, Britney, born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood Louisiana, was well known for being an actress in stage productions and television shows (as a child) as well as film (as an adult). But she was best known for her singing career which officially began in 1997 when she signed with Jive Records. She would eventually be recognized as being the bestselling teenage artist of all time; Kevin was a pizza delivery boy and dancer/rapper.
The marriage was short-lived when the couple split after just two years of marriage and Britney would eventually file for divorce in November 2006, just two months after giving birth to their second child. The divorce settlement was finalized in April 2007, 5 months after filing. Kevin reportedly was awarded $40,000/month for spousal support. That amount likely increased after Britney’s very public meltdown soon after, and Kevin was awarded primary custody of their two children.
Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson (actress, singer, model) and actor Ryan Reynolds decided to end their marriage after only two years of matrimony. In an unusually amicable split, Reynolds filed a petition for dissolution of marriage simultaneously with Scarlett’s response in January 2011. In June 2011 they were officially divorced.
Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown
The late award-winning, superstar singer, record producer, film producer and actress Whitney Houston married R&B artist, songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor Bobby Brown in July 1992. In October 2006, she filed for divorce in a California Superior Court located in a Los Angeles suburb.
In December of that year, she filed a request for default judgment and the divorce was approved in April 2007, 6 months after filing. The marriage was officially over approximately 3 months before their 15th wedding anniversary. In the order, the judge awarded custody of the then-14-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown to Whitney Houston.
Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore
The 6-year marriage of celebrity couple of Ashton Kutcher (best known at the time for his role on the hit “That ’70s Show”) and Demi Moore (actress, teenage model, Planet Hollywood celebrity investor) began on September 24, 2005 in Beverly Hills. After rumors circulated of Ashton’s infidelity, Demi announced the split with her husband, who was 15 years her junior, in November 2011.
After being separated for over a year, Ashton filed for divorce in December 2012. Demi initially petitioned for spousal support, in which Ashton would have been ordered to pay an undisclosed amount. The divorce was finalized in November 2013, approximately 11 months after filing.
If You Need Assistance With a Divorce
Celebrities are not the only ones who can accomplish a quick and easy divorce. In no circumstances will a divorce be officially granted earlier than 6 months after the filing of a dissolution of marriage, even though a marital agreement may be reached beforehand. There are a number of other rules of court to adhere to when filing for divorce in California. The Gastelum Law firm has years of experience in maneuvering in the family court arena, which can be emotional and draining. If a quick divorce is what you are seeking, Gastelum Law can work with you to help you accomplish your familial goals and settlement. Contact them today for a consultation.