As reported by NBC News, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (named “Kimye” by the press) entered into a contract over the weekend to purchase a home together in Bel-Air, California reportedly worth $10.75 million. The question discussed amongst the legal community is “What effect does this purchase have on the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries divorce?”
As discussed in my blog last week, What if Kim Kardashian Was Pregnant and Going Through a Divorce in Texas?, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are in the midst of a divorce in California. If Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were going through a divorce in Texas, Kris Humphries would have an interest in the home purchased this past weekend by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Texas is a community property state. This means that any property acquired during marriage is presumed to be community property and is thus divisible by a Court. Kim Kardashian has entered into a contract to purchase a home. Because this contract was entered into during her marriage to Kris Humphries, even though they are in the process of a divorce, the Bel-Air mansion would be community property in Texas. This means that Kris Humphries would have a legal claim to the Kimye Bel-Air mansion.
It is interesting to see what additional legal issues will arise as a result of the “Kimye” relationship and pending divorce. I doubt this will be the last one.