Mary-Kate Olsen loses emergency divorce offer when coronavirus court closes


Mary-Kate Olsen’s emergency petition for a divorce from Pierre Olivier Sarkozy – despite court closings for coronavirus – will not be accepted after a Manhattan judge ruled that it was not an essential issue.

Manhattan Supreme Court judge Michael Katz released his decision on Thursday, ending the Olsen case, New York court spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed.

Olsen, 33, filed her case on Wednesday saying her 50-year-old banker husband was trying to chase her out of their apartment next Monday, forcing her to look for a new home during the coronavirus crisis.

“Full House” actress tried to divorce Sarkozy – half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy – on April 17, but has been blocked by courts which have been closed to all new non-emergency cases since the end March.

“This request is urgent because my husband expects me to move from our home on Monday May 18, 2020 in the middle of New York City on break due to COVID-19,” said Olsen’s case.

“I am petrified that my husband is trying to deprive me of the house we have lived in and if he succeeds, I will not only lose my house but I will also risk losing my personal property,” the court documents continued.

Olsen also sought to be able to continue using the Hamptons couple’s house, their Gramercy apartment and another East 49th Street apartment. She also wanted to judge that the conditions of their marriage contract were respected and to order Sarkozy to continue to provide him with health and dental insurance.

Although Olsen’s case cannot currently go to the Manhattan Supreme Court, a Manhattan divorce lawyer suggested he try to file for a divorce in the northern state when courts in 30 counties north will open next week.

“I don’t know why Mary Kate wouldn’t just go to Buffalo or one of these beautiful northern counties,” said attorney Michael Stutman. “It is done electronically. It’s not like you have to drive up there. “

As a general rule, to file for divorce outside the couple’s county, the two parties must agree. But Olsen could deposit there just to freeze marital property, even if Sarkozy later objects, he said.

“Trigger the automatic orders, then serve it and let it fight the place,” said Stutman.

But another lawyer disagreed that city residents should file for divorce in a different county.

“If a lawyer files a divorce action in a county where neither party resides during this pandemic because that county is open and his county is not, that lawyer is essentially trying to bypass the governor’s decree on the issue essential and may be punishable, “Manhattan attorney Susan Moss said.

The Olsen representative declined to comment.


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