Kim Kardashian wants to be a single woman and drop “West” from her name.
The source said that Kim Kardashian, 41, filed paperwork on Friday, asking the judge to declare her legally single in her divorce case.
According to TMZ, Kim wants the judge to separate property issues from marital status and child custody. It is a move her high-powered attorney, Laura Wasser, has done with other high-profile clients. The Skims founder also asked that her maiden name be restored. A source confirms the report to E! News.
On Thursday night, Kim supported her estranged husband, who now goes by Ye. During his “Free Larry Hover” benefit concert with Drake, Ye declared his love for the reality star while performing “Runaway.”
“I need you to run right back to me,” the 44-year-old sang. “More specifically, Kimberly.”
So why might Kim take this legal step?
“By asking to be named single, this expedites the divorce somewhat so they don’t have to wait on the lawyers to haggle things out,” attorney Peter Stambleck, partner of NYC-based Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, tells Yahoo Entertainment. “If the judge grants her request, Kim and Kanye will be officially divorced despite the fact that the terms of the divorce still need to be ironed out. It’s called a bifurcation. Considering the incredible wealth of the couple, it could take many more months before all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.”
Requests like Kim’s are typically granted by California judges, according to Stambleck.
“The bad news is it could take many months and such requests come attached with numerous conditions involving matters like pension plans, trusts, health insurance and a lot more. All of this has to be negotiated by Kim and Kanye’s heavyweight celebrity divorce lawyers,” he adds.
“Kim and her advisors obviously feel there are benefits to being single. For example, she — and Kanye for that matter — can marry again and file individual taxes, for example,” Stambleck concludes. “There are real consequences to ending the marriage and Kim’s latest filing makes clear she has no desire to reconcile with Kanye.”
Kim seems to have moved on romantically… with Pete.