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Kim Kardashian Divorce 101: AZ Annulments, Alimony and Prenups

The much-hyped fairy tale romance involving Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries is reportedly coming to an end just 72 days after it became legally official, reports CBS Los Angeles. Along with the gossip surrounding the reasons for the dissolution, Kim Kardashian's divorce provides a veritable treasure trove of considerations Arizona couples should take into account when deciding on marriage and divorce.

First, news reports have stated that neither Kardashian or Humphries will be seeking an annulment although they have only been married for less than three months. Under Arizona law, a couple can file for an annulment if the marriage is considered invalid for such enumerated reasons as misrepresentation, concealment of disease, or inability to consummate the marriage. In an annulment, a marriage is treated as if it never existed.

Instead, Kardashian divorce filings have reportedly cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for divorce, according to CBS. Arizona couples should be happy to know that they live in a no-fault divorce state that allows couples to divorce as long as they can prove that a marriage is "irretrievably broken."

Kardashian will also reportedly not be seeking alimony payments from Humphries, according to CBS. Alimony, or spousal support, typically depends on the income of each party, the earning capacity of each spouse, and other factors. Judging from the Kardashians' empire and the potential for an NBA lockout, it seems to be more likely that Kardashian would have had to pay spousal support to Humphries instead.

Luckily, Kardashian was smart enough to hammer out a prenuptial agreement before getting married. A prenup is a contract between spouses which typically states how property will be divided in the event of a divorce or separation. Prenups can determine the level of alimony, protect a spouse from assuming the debts of the other spouse, and specify how marital property will be divided. Arizona, like California, is a community property state which means most property acquired during a marriage is shared equally between spouses.

Kim Kardashian's divorce may provide a lot of fodder for the Hollywood gossip mill, but it also provides a wealth of marriage and divorce topics that you should consider before and after you take the plunge. And although you may not be able to hire a high-profile divorce attorney like famed L.A. attorney Laura Wasser, an experienced Phoenix family law attorney can help you with the process of going through a divorce.

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