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Khloe Continues Divorce Proceedings

For a while it seemed like Khloe and Lamar’s divorce was on hold. After the basketball star was found unconscious in a brothel, his would-be ex-wife rushed to his side, and seemingly put their pending divorce on hold. But now it appears Kardashian is moving forward with her divorce.

Khloe Continues Divorce Proceedings


Just hours after Kardashian, 31, reinitiated legal steps to finalize the split from Odom, she attended Scott Disick’s birthday party.

“She was really in a great mood. Very bubbly and happy,” said a source at the party. “She played with her nieces and nephews. She is the best aunt.”

The source added, “Everyone in her family is happy that she is moving on. She has all the support possible.”

While it had seemed for a while that Kardashian and Odom might discontinue their divorce proceedings, according to a source, it “was always the plan” to go through with the divorce, and “The divorce has never been officially off.” Rather “Khloé was waiting for the timing to be right.”

Now it appears the timing is right and the divorce is amicable. It also appears as if Kardashian is ready for the split. “She took care of Lamar out of love, but she is ready to move on now,” said the source, then adding that Kardashian “doesn’t agree” with recent reports that Odom has been drinking.

The Second Time Filing

Kardashian ran into a number of problems the first time she tried to file for divorce from Odom – namely the fact that she could not locate him in order to serve divorce papers.

The divorce between the reality TV star and the former professional basketball player has been in the tabloids for years now. While it seemed as if the two were leading a charmed life in front of the cameras on their hit TV show, Khloe and Lamar, the relationship crumbled when the basketball player relapsed into his substance abuse problem.

Kardahsian filed for divorce on September 13, 2013. Odom could not be located to sign the papers.

In Life&Style magazine’s September issue it was  reported that the couple had received notice from The Superior Court of California County “alerting both Lamar and Khloe that their divorce is not complete — and once again, she didn’t respond.”

As of April of this year, it was still unclear what was happening between the two. It seemed as if Odom could not be located and Kardashian had still not moved to get a default divorce judgement, despite the fact that she was able to.

A default divorce judgement can be granted if the respondent does not file his or her response within 30 days of receiving the divorce petition. The petitioner can obtain a “default” divorce by filing court forms for judgment, child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division. No trial is necessary.

Still it seems that Kardashian did not want to move forward.

Divorce by Publication

When a spouse cannot be found, you are able to pursue a divorce by publication. To do so, you will need to prove to the court that you have searched for your missing or hiding spouse through a number of means. You will have to file a signed Affidavit of Diligent Search that proves you have exhausted your search, and the spouse can absolutely not be found.

Publication of Summons

After submitting the Affidavit of Diligent Search you will file an Ex Parte (Without Notice) Application for Publication of Summons; Declaration of Petitioner in Support Thereof; Memorandum of Points and Authorities. Once a court approves these it will issue an Order of Publication. This allows the summons to be published once a week for four successive weeks, with at least 5 days between successive publications.

Failure to Respond

The missing spouse has 30 days to file his or her response response, but if they fail to a Petitioner then files a Request to Enter Default Dissolution of Marriage. There is no final hearing and the divorce will proceed and be finalized six months after the first publication of the summons. While the court can grant the divorce, it is not able to legally make decisions regarding child custody, child support, or division of property.

It has been no small trial for Kardashian this time around in helping Odom after he was discovered unconscious in a brother. Kardashian provided not only emotional, but also financial support for the fallen basketball star during his months in recovery. “She was loyal for a long time and taking care of him,” said a source, “but she’s not a babysitter and needs to move on with her life.”

According to source, Kardashian was at his side day and night, ensuring that he received the best medical care possible. Following his release from the hospital, she helped him move into a leased home that sits in the same gated community as her home while he recovered.

“She never wanted to file for divorce in the first place, and it’s not easy the the second time around either. But she knows it’s the right thing for her,” said the source.

At least now for the second time she is divorcing him, she is in contact with Odom.  As a result there seems to be a little more closure that can happen for her.

“She wants to remove herself from the situation a bit,” the source added. “She wants to focus on her own happiness now.”

Moving On

Moving forward after divorce means that every day you will need to actively work to progress and improve . As Professor Harold Hill once said: “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.” It’s time to take your life back into your own hands.

Big changes can be accomplished with small steps, like these:

  • Wake up
  • Get in the zone
  • Get moving
  • Eat well
  • Get inspired
  • Gain some perspective
  • Do something that will propel you forward

Get Some Sleep and Wake Up in the AM


According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders. Additionally, 60 percent of adults and 69 percent of children have one or more sleep problems at least a few nights during a week.

Getting the right amount of sleep can help you have a longer life, increased creativity, memory, attention, and focus. It can help to lower stress and your risk for depression.

Bottom line: you need your beauty sleep.

Find Clarity 

Focus on the positive things in your life. What you set your focus on expands. After waking up from a restful night’s sleep, prayer and meditation can help orient you toward the positive.

Focus on what you are grateful for: being out of a marriage that did not serve you. There are limitless opportunities and possibilities for you every day, so start the morning off by getting yourself into a space of gratitude and clarity.

Physical Activity

By now we all know we need exercise. Still, according to the Center for Disease Control’s National Health Interview Survey, only one-third of American men and women between the ages of 25 to 64 engage in regular physical activity.

Regular exercise has shown to decrease your chance of depression, anxiety, and stress. It’s also been linked to higher success in people’s careers. Any form of exercise works: the gym, yard work, cleaning. Just get your body moving and every aspect of your life will thrive.

Take a Step Forward

Do the important things first. As you work through the day you’ll find your ability to make high quality decisions becomes fatigued. So if you don’t do the important things first, they simply will not get done. That means if you have to contact your ex-spouse for any reason – to discuss an issue with your children, or to ask if they can switch a day of child care next week, get it done first.

When it comes to personal things, the same is true. There will always be a million reasons to put something off til tomorrow. And tomorrow means never.

Consider this mantra: The worst comes first. Do what you’ve been needing to do first. And then do it again the next day.

Every day you need to take a step towards your goals. With every new step, you’ll realize that your goals aren’t that far away.

Moving Forward

A divorce can shatter your life if you let it. So don’t let it.

Every day you can move forward with these steps. Put a plan in place to succeed. Every step on that plan brings you closer to your dreams. Maybe that means finally having a day where you don’t feel guilty or sad about your divorce. Maybe it’s a day of less resentment. Maybe it’s a day where you focus on getting healthy by preparing a good meal for yourself.

Making small steps every day like the ones outlined above will change your life.

A Family Law Attorney

But when it comes to the actual legal process of a divorce, you’ll want to work with a skilled family law attorney There are a number of things that need to be considered during a divorce: child support, spousal support, marital property division, and other things. Working with a skilled attorney can help ensure you get a fair case.  For advice on divorce, child custody determinations, setting up a co-parenting agreement, dividing marital property, and spousal support you need the expert law firm of Divorce Law LA. Schedule a consultation today.

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Collins’ Divorce

While Stephen Collins’ divorce is scheduled for court on Wednesday, there’s a chance it might not make it to trial.

Ugly Divorce

The actor and his divorce became top news a few months ago when his estranged wife, Faye Grant, taped his confession of molesting young girls decades ago. The two are scheduled to divide their assets after 25 years of marriage.

Divorce attorney Lisa Bloom, has handled some pretty divorce cases herself, but according to her, “This is probably the ugliest case to hit the media.” This is mostly due to the fact that Grant has provided a tape of the couples’ therapy session during which Collins admitted to molesting underage girls.While the audio recording is not admissible as evidence in divorce case, it does turn the spotlight on the case that has been going on for two years.

Determining Division of Assets

While the court will not assign a fault for the divorce, as California is a “no fault” state, the court will look at the martial assets that will need to be divided. “The court wants to find out the pool of assets they’re working with — real property, bank accounts, money coming in from royalties — and generally it’s divided roughly 50-50,” Bloom says. “The court does not want to get into reasons for the divorce; everyone has their reasons, everyone is angry, upset and emotional in divorces.” According to Bloom, “While the tape is not relevant in a California no-fault divorce trial, it may be relevant if the case leads to a settlement, which often happens.”

End of Collins’ Career

Collins has not been charged, but the damage to his career has already been done. He was dropped by his agent and has lost numerous up-coming roles. Grant has said in a recent statement she was not responsible for leaking the audio, and also that the tape has not played a part in the divorce proceedings that have occurred over the past two years. Grant is seeking $13,000 per month in spousal support, as well as half of the couple’s millions in assets which include properties in Brentwood. Collins is hoping to eliminate the spousal support due to the effect the recording has had on his income.


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Source: USA Today, ‘Ugly’ Stephen Collins divorce trial set to begin, November 11, 2014

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How to Proceed with Divorce

You’ve done the hard part: made the decision to file for divorce. But what next? There are various ways you can file for divorce, also known as a “dissolution of marriage. Below we outline several ways to approach a divorce. How you proceed will be specific to you and your spouse’s situation.

Several Approaches to Filing Your Divorce

Depending on your situation you will file one of these forms of divorce:

UNCONTESTED DISSOLUTION – Both you and your spouse agree on all issues of property, debts, custody, and support. You are both enter into an agreement to all issues.

CONTESTED DISSOLUTION – Either you or your spouse, or both of you do not agree to issues regarding property, debts, custody, and support. You will be required to go before a judge so that he or she can make judgments regarding these issues as well as ensure all documents of agreement are appropriately prepared and signed off on.

SUMMARY DISSOLUTION – You and your spouse have been married for less than 5 years, have no children, no assets, no debts, and both parties are in agreement about signing the divorce petition.

PUBLICATION OF SUMMONS – When the filing party does not know the whereabouts for the other spouse, and has no way to contact them, it is necessary for the spouse to publish a divorce declaration in a local newspaper for 4 consecutive weeks to be able to proceed with the divorce filing.

Working with A Divorce Attorney

While some of the options are fairly easy to proceed with, chances are you’ll want to work with an attorney, regardless of how “simple” your divorce may seem. There are various forms that will need to be filed out and filed by both you and your spouse. Also, depending on your situation – if you have children, large amounts of assets or debts, or property to divide – divorce can get sticky. In some cases, especially if spouses are having a hard time coming to agreement, you might need a lawyer to defend your case in a court of law.


Source:, About Women’s Divorce, 2014

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Divorce: Who Files First? Men or Women?

When it comes to divorce, which gender usually files first? And why? In this article, we’ll look into why it seems women file for divorce more often than men do.

Women and Divorce

Women being first to file for divorce seems to be related to not only socio-economic trends, but also changes in divorce law as well as some basic gender differences. Here are some top reasons for why women turn to divorce sooner than their male spouses.

Socio-economic Trends

As we move forward in time, and increasing steadily since WWII, women are more educated and more career-oriented, than in previous times. Because of this, women are more able to stand on their own two feet when it comes to financial issues. No longer are they dependent on male spouses to “bring home the bacon” and support the household. While this may not be the reason for divorce, this is often the fact that empowers women to feel “unstuck” if they do seek divorce.  Additionally, the stigma surrounding divorce has decreased.

Divorce Law

“No-fault” divorces now allow for both spouses to move away from the marriage without being accused of wrong-doing. Divorce is no longer a life-sentence – in fact, in a lot of ways it’s a chance for people to be “re-born” into a more fruitful life situation.

Gender roles

Men often fall into the “complacent” category – meaning that often a greater life change awaits them when a marriage ends. While a majority of households now share tasks such as grocery shopping, meal-naking, and childen-raising, it’s not so long ago that men didn’t need to worry about these tasks. But also, because there is a stigma that men do not get awarded custody of children, there’s a fear amongst men that if they leave, they will lose their ability to have a connection with their children. Luckily, shared custody agreements are changing this tradition of thought. Additionally, another reason why women might file more often than their male counterparts comes down to emotions. Often hitting that “enough is enough” mark is reason alone for women to file papers.


Source: Divorced Moms, 6 Reasons Women File for Divorce More Often Than Men, March 4, 2014

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Kardashian-Odom Divorce Proving Difficult

Khloe Kardashian’s divorce from Lamar Odom is proving to be more difficult than expected.

Waiting for Response to Divorce Filing

While it’s typical for the Kardashians to get what they want, that’s proving to be difficult in this case. The reality TV, 30, filed for divorce from the former NBA player, 24, ten months ago, and is ready to move forward with her life. But Odom has yet to file a response. And unfortunately, he hasn’t been seen or heard from in a few weeks. “He needs to sign papers and he won’t,” says a source close to the Kardashians. “He disappears here and there, and she can’t find him. She just wants to move on.”

Filed Divorce Papers

Once a initial Petition for Dissolution is filed, the respondent has 30 days in which to file his or her Response. Since Odom has not filed a response, Kardashian must now decide whether to file a Request to Enter a Default, or a Request for Dismissal.

A Request to Enter a Default can be used when a respondent fails to respond within the 30 days, or if the respondent cannot be located. Once a respondent is found to be in default, he or she is then precluded from participating in the divorce action. If there’s a good reason for not responding, a respondent can file a motion to set aside the “default” status.

A Request For Dismissal is filed when both parties decide to cancel a divorce filing.

After Being Granted a Default

If granted the request to Default, Kardashian will be able to move forward with divorce proceedings, without Odom’s participation. According to a divorce attorney, “as long as there are no properties or children between the two parties, one person can’t stop the other from getting the divorce just by not showing up.”

In the initial divorce filing, Kardashian did not request to be rewarded with spousal support from Odom, but she did ask for termination of the court’s ability to grant spousal support to be paid to Odom. She also requested that they each pay their own separate attorney fees.

Kardasian filed for divorce following years of alleged drug abuse and infidelity by Odom.


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Source: People, Lamar Odom Won’t Sign Divorce Papers, Kardashians Haven’t Heard from Him in Weeks

, October 23, 2014

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