Kim Kardashian is officially single again.
On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge ruling in the 41-year-old reality TV star’s contentious divorce from Kanye West, granted her request to be declared legally single immediately and settle child custody and money issues later.
The legal action is called bifurcation, which West opposed.
Kardashian — wearing a black blouse and her hair swept back — appeared via video today at a court in downtown LA.
West, 44, did not appear in person nor via video.
Judge Steve Cochran granted her request to have her maiden name restored, and he denied West’s motion to prevent Kardashian from transferring assets out of trusts set up during the marriage.
The feuding couple, both billionaires, had their high powered attorneys in court Wednesday: Laura Wasser for Kardashian and Samantha Spector for West. Spector was only appointed last night after West fired his previous lawyer.
Judge Cochran began today’s hearing by asking Kardashian how her four children by the hip hop star and producer — North, eight; Saint, six; Chicago, four; and Psalm two — are doing.
‘Everybody is doing OK,’ she responded.
Asked by the judge if she was ‘showering her children with affection,’ she replied, ‘Absolutely.’
She added, ‘We’re having so much fun.’
After asking Kardashian to raise her right hand to be sworn in, Judge Cochran asked her a series of five questions:
Is everything true in your petition? ‘Yes,’ she replied.
Did you live in Los Angeles at least six months prior to filing for divorce? ‘Yes.’
Is your marriage irretrievably broken? ‘Yes.’
Will counseling save your marriage? ‘No.’
Is it your desire to be granted single status? ‘Yes.’
With a grin, the judge told Kim it was his practice to see photos of children involved in cases before his court.
But in this case, he added, he did not ask to see pictures, ‘to protect the children’s privacy. Is that OK with you?
‘Yes your honor, thank you,’ she responded with a smile.
Wasser told the court that she ‘didn’t believe there would be any disagreements’ between the celebrity couple over custody of their kids.
But she and West’s attorney, Spector, hit roadblocks on two other issues.
The first was Kanye request to prevent Kim from transferring assets out of any trust — a request Kim has fired back at due to their existing prenup, which already keeps their trusts and assets separate.
The judge scheduled August 5 for a status and pretrial hearing to hear arguments from both sides about financial and child custody issues still to be settled.