If you’re going through a divorce, this may be a question you are wondering.

The answer really depends on your particular situation.

Fact is, a divorce can drag on for years. Especially, if you have a high net worth and there are children involved.


Because there are many details that need to be sorted out and sometimes divorcing couples can dig their heels in the ground.


Asking to be declared single before your divorce is final is known as a bifurcated divorce. It’s only permitted in a few states, California being one of them.

A bifurcated divorce means that the spouses can be declared single first with any disputed details determined at a later date.

This does not affect their marital issues beyond marriage.

It only regulates how they will live during this time period while waiting on the court proceedings to decide what happens with the other aspects of the divorce including division of property, child custody, child/spousal support as well as other issues involved in the divorce.

This type of divorce can also allow you to focus on yourself and make decisions that are best for you without having to worry about another person’s feelings or needs.

You also will have more time and energy to devote to the process of getting divorced.

AND when you’re going through a divorce, anything that can help to alleviate some of the stress is well worth it.

Having a judge who is assigned to your divorce case that prioritizes being human over anything else can help with the emotional turmoil of a messy situation.

In the high profile divorce of Kim Kardashian West v. Kanye West, we have seen how stress has taken its toll on the couple.

Up until two months ago, the divorce was moving on track as both parties agreed to all the major issues at hand including child support before Judge Steve Cochran in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Since there was a prenuptial agreement, there were no property disputes.

But then West took to social media to voice his objections as Kardashian started dating again and we’re seeing how this divorce is starting to unfold. It’s not a pretty sight.

Kardashian then filed a Motion with the Court asking the judge to declare her single because West’s social media posts are causing her emotional distress.

Since she has moved on she is hoping by doing this, it will get West to do the same. Judge Cochran denied any of Kanye’s objections and granted her request.

Being declared single prior to your divorce being finalized could prove to be beneficial if you’re struggling with your soon to be ex-spouse.

However, it’s important to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer to discuss your options pertaining to your case to see what the advantages or disadvantages may be for you.

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