Kanye West has formally parted ways with his newest lawyer in his divorce battle with ex-wife Kim Kardashian, leaving him without a lawyer with a new trial date in December fast approaching.
During a hearing on Friday (Aug. 5) in Los Angeles District Court, Judge Steve Cochran granted Samantha Spector’s request to step down as West’s attorney. When she asked for the case to be ended in May, Spector – a well-known Hollywood divorce attorney – called an “irreconcilable breakdown” in the relationship with the rapper.
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According to court records, Spector was West’s fifth attorney to work on the case. He fired his last attorney, Chris Melcher, in March. It’s unclear if West has another attorney lined up to represent him; no new lawyer has yet formally joined the case. Kardashian is represented by Laura Wasser, another famous divorce lawyer.
Spokespersons for West and Kardashian did not immediately return requests for comment.
A year after Kardashian filed for divorce, she and West were declared “legally single” in March, immediately ending their marriage but raising more complex questions about assets and custody for future proceedings. It was expected that the matter would eventually be settled as the couple signed an extensive prenuptial agreement and reportedly kept their assets divided during the marriage.
But six months later, no such deal has been reached — and West has not yet filed the “disclosure statements,” which list income, assets, and other important information required by California law for any spouse divorce goes.
During Friday’s hearing, Judge Cochran appears to have intended to move things forward. The judge ordered West to file those disclosures before the end of September and, if no deal is reached, to prepare for a December 14 trial on disputed issues.
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