Mary-Kate Olsen loses bid for emergency divorce during coronavirus court closures
Mary-Kate Olsen’s emergency petition seeking a divorce Pierre Olivier Sarkozy — despite coronavirus court closures — won’t go forward, after a Manhattan judge ruled that it wasn’t an essential matter.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz made the ruling Thursday, putting a halt to Olsen’s case, New York courts spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed.
Olsen, 33, filed the case Wednesday claiming that her 50-year-old banker hubby was trying to kick her out of their apartment by next Monday, forcing her to try to look for a new home during the coronavirus crisis.
The “Full House” actress had attempted to divorce Sarkozy — former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s half-brother — April 17, but was blocked by the courts which have been closed to all new non-emergency cases since late March.
“This application is an emergency because my husband expects me to move out of our home on Monday, May 18, 2020 in the middle of New York City being on pause due to COVID-19,” Olsen’s case said.
“I am petrified that my husband is trying to deprive me of the home we have lived in and if he is successful, I will not only lose my home but I risk losing my personal property as well,” the court papers went on.
Olsen also sought to be able to continue to use the couple’s Hamptons home, their Gramercy apartment and another East 49th Street apartment. She also wanted to judge to uphold the terms of their prenup and order Sarkozy to keep providing her with health and dental insurance.
While Olsen’s case cannot currently go forward in Manhattan Supreme Court, one Manhattan divorce lawyer suggested that she try filing her divorce upstate when courts in 30 northern counties open up next week.
“I don’t know why Mary Kate wouldn’t just go ahead and file in Buffalo or in one of these nice counties upstate,” attorney Michael Stutman said. “It’s done electronically. It’s not like you have to drive up there.”
Typically, in order to file for divorce outside of the couple’s county both parties have to agree. But Olsen could file there just to freeze the marital assets, even if Sarkozy later opposes the location, he noted.
“Trigger the automatic orders and then serve him and let him fight the venue,” Stutman said.
But another attorney disagreed that city residents should file for divorce in a different county.
“If an attorney files an action for divorce in a county where neither party resides during this pandemic because that county is open and their county is not, that attorney is essentially trying to circumvent the Governor’s Essential Matter’s decree and may be subject to sanctions,” Manhattan lawyer Susan Moss said.
Olsen’s rep declined to comment.
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