Judge deems Mary-Kate Olsen’s emergency divorce non-essential due to virus

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Mary-Kate Olsen of “Full House” has been denied an emergency divorce by a New York City judge who’s reportedly hellbent on conveying to the public that he’s not interested in dealing with divorces and other so-called “non-essential” matters right now.

“The court wants to make an example out of it, so the court wants to have a very public statement: ‘Do not mess with your ex right now,’” Steven Mindel, a Los Angeles-based certified family law specialist who’s not actually involved with the case, said to Fox News.

“And so the court could have gone in one direction or the other. The court could have heard the matter just to tell people, ‘We’re not going to let people get thrown out of their apartments right now,’ or the court may not hear the matter and say, ‘Don’t bring me trivial stuff from really wealthy people that could figure this out on their own.'”

According to TMZ, Olsen’s original divorce petition was filed on April 17th but to no avail, because local courts weren’t (and still aren’t) accepting divorce requests.

She upgraded the request to an emergency this week after attorneys for her estranged husband, Pierre Olivier Sarkozy, reportedly told her to get her stuff the hell out of their formerly shared NYC apartment by May 18th.

She’d reportedly wanted the deadline extended to May 30th, but according to reports Sarkozy kept ignoring her request.

“In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says she can’t meet the deadline — this coming Monday — because of quarantine guidelines in the city,” TMZ reported. “Mary-Kate says the only way she can protect her property is if she’s to file a divorce petition. That would trigger an automatic court order preventing him from disposing of her property.”

Regardless, New York City Civil Court Judge Michael L. Katz wasn’t interested in hearing her case, as he’s loudly made clear to the entire city.

“Everybody’s going to see it. So this will be a very public message from the family law courts of New York to their constituents,” Mindel noted.

But he disputed the notion that Katz simply doesn’t care. As evidence, he pointed to the fact that Olsen is currently residing with her twin sister, Ashley, meaning she at least has a place to stay.

“In family law, we have a phrase for when the court refuses to act and we call them slow-death orders,” he explained. “And the reason why we call them that [is] because when the courts refuse to act, well, that kind of sets the stage for the parties to make economic decisions.”

“And it’s not because the court doesn’t care or because it’s not important. It’s because the court needs the parties to work these problems out themselves, and the court understands that if it doesn’t make an order, for instance, if the house has value, somebody will make the house payment. And then at some later point in time, the court will then resolve all of the issues instead of resolving issues kind of one issue at a time.”

But he also believes Olsen isn’t necessarily out of luck, as she could potentially resolve her dispute by pursuing mediation or arbitration through a retired private judge.

No matter, because with the apartment/property issue apparently out the way, Mindel expects the rest of the divorce process to be easy pickings.

“My suspicion is that the complexity of any pre or post-marital agreement is relatively straightforward and will regulate how quickly the divorce moves to the system,” he explained.

“And now that they’ve resolved this instant issue of who has the most power in the relationship with regard to the house – because the courts have kind of resolved that for them by doing nothing – I suspect that the rest of the divorce will be very quiet because the parties have no children.”

He added; “They don’t really have a lot of reason to be in court at this point because the business managers and other financial handlers will probably resolve their financial situation for the two of them. Both of them may be heavily disengaged in this process.”

Olsen and her twin sister, Ashley Olsen, became megastars appearing on the hit 1990s sitcom “Full House.”

As the two grew up, however, their lives began to exhibit the usual strangeness so often exhibited by Hollywood elites.

“From their questionably changing looks to showing up to events looking like they’re drowning in their own couture, it’s hard to look at the former Full House stars and not have questions,” a profile of the two published by Life & Style magazine noted.

They weren’t kidding …


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