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What We Can Learn from Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' Divorce

We'd imagine that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries feel like their divorce is beginning to resemble a colonoscopy: an invasive pain in the butt that can't end quickly enough. Then again, Kris is pushing for a little more, according to the Daily Reporter.

Their 72-day marriage, and even more so their prolonged divorce, serve as a lesson about the worst-case scenario for nuptials gone wrong. The couple's initial divorce filing was in October 2011. It has now been about 10 months and they still haven't come close to finalizing it.

Kris Humphries is still pushing to depose Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner and Kim's current boyfriend Kanye West. For those who are lucky enough to never have been deposed, imagine being barraged with questions about your finances, personal life, and other private matters for hours or even days on end. In truly contentious divorces, in which the parties suspect the other side of hiding assets or infidelity, depositions are one of the primary ways of investigating the matter.

Kris' end-game is an annulment of the marriage based on fraud. So is Kim's. According to TMZ, Kim claims that Kris promised to move to Hollywood but changed his mind and wanted her to move to Minnesota. Kris claims that she never had any intention to make the marriage work and that it was all a publicity stunt.

At this point, it's looking more and more like Humphries' legal strategy is being driven more by hurt feelings than logic and pragmatism. Kim's counsel has accrued more than $250,000 in legal fees. We have no idea how much Kris' attorney is billing him, but it probably isn't cheap.

Would you ever spend that much on a divorce lawyer? Probably not. Even still, if you allow your emotions to overcome simple logic during a divorce process, the end results can be costly, in terms of prolonging the pain and in terms of finances.

Contrast the Kim Kardashian / Kris Humphries disaster with the Arquettes' divorce. The latter was the picture of perfection in terms of a peaceful, quick resolution and co-parenting of the couple's child. In addition to counseling you on the legal ramifications of certain divorce strategies, a good divorce lawyer should also be weighing the pragmatism of a prolonged divorce battle against any possible benefits.

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