Mary-Kate Olsen Suffers Major Setback in Court as Her Divorce From 50 Year-Old Husband Takes Nasty Turn
Last week, Mary-Kate Olsen of “Full House” fame filed for an emergency divorce from her 50 year-old husband, Olivier Sarkozy. Unfortunately for her, Judge Michael Katz ruled against Olsen, deeming the divorce “not to be an essential matter.”
Now, a legal expert is weighing in to say what he thinks this means for Olsen, 33, going forward.
“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 has no involvement in the case, told Fox News.
“And so the court could have gone in one direction or the other,” he added. “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.'”
Initial reports had stated that Olsen was trying to speed up the divorce proceedings because Sarkozy allegedly terminated the lease of their New York City apartment, with his lawyers emailing her that she needs to be moved out by May 18. Mindel speculated that the judge wanted to send a “serious indication” that only emergency matters would be heard in court right now as New York continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” he explained.
It has since been reported that Olsen has moved in with her twin sister Ashley while her divorce proceedings are figured out. Now that Olsen’s living arrangement is sorted out, Mindel believes that her divorce will slow down a bit, and he said that her next step is to figure out how she wants to proceed with the split.
“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.”
“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,” Mindel added. “Both of them may be heavily disengaged in this process.”