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Kardashian divorce officially finalized

For those who follow the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," or have heard of the divorce in Massachusetts news reports, it may be already known that Kim Kardashian and her ex-husband Kris Humphries were engaged in a long and contentious divorce. While an agreement was made and signed off on by a judge in April, the divorce has only now become official.

While some major sources of dispute between the two remain unknown, it appears that the issue of property division played a role. Even given the short length of their marriage, marriage creates financial obligations for either of the pair which can only be avoided in certain in certain circumstances. Typically, these obligations can include alimony payments or requirements for child support.

Early in the proceedings, Humphries had attempted to have the marriage annulled, rather than going through a traditional divorce proceeding. His rationale for this, he argued, was that the whole wedding was nothing more than a ruse put on for her television show. A judge denied his request, agreeing with Kim Kardashian that the marriage was legitimate.

In April, the two had signed an agreement which would dissolve their marriage based on irreconcilable differences, an option which is also available in Massachusetts. This step may have allowed them to avoid a trial divorce. Had it gone to trial, the prenuptial agreement signed by the two would have likely played an important role in the judge decision. While the details of their settlement are currently unknown, the presence of a prenuptial agreement may have severely limited Humphries ability to receive any additional financial compensation outside of the agreements terms.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Kim Kardashian's Divorce Finalized: Reality Star Officially No Longer Married To Kris Humphries," June 4, 2013

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