LOS ANGELES – Initial signs suggest a smooth and amicable split between Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.
As “Kimye” becomes just Kim and Kanye with Kardashian filing for divorce Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, they do so with a prenuptial agreement in place, independent fortunes and a desire to share time with their four young children.
The presence of the prenup means the couple likely kept much of their property — hers earned through reality TV and channeling her celebrity into several lucrative business ventures, his earned through music and fashion — separate during their 6 1/2 years of marriage.
“Where rich, productive people are getting married, the prenup will usually say that ‘My income stays mine and your income stays yours,'" said attorney Daniel Jaffe, a major player in Southern California's celebrity divorces for decades. "So if, in fact, that’s the case, there won’t be any major property issues.”
For the four children ranging in age from 7-year-old North to 21-month-old Psalm, Kardashian seeks joint custody in her divorce documents. That doesn't necessarily mean equal time or decision making for the nearly 16 years until all the kids are adults.
“There's a lot of wiggle room in the space between joint custody," divorce attorney Reid Aronson said. “I know that I have cases where they say it’s joint custody, but that’s really just because the party that doesn’t really have custody doesn’t want to feel like they’re being excluded.”
But Jaffe says in the vast majority of cases, at least legally, “each party is involved in making major decisions involving kids’ education, kids’ travel, kids’ religious upbringing.”
Neither Jaffe nor Aronson is involved in this divorce.