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Nick and Jessica About to Seal the Big D

6/29/2006 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica Simpson Nick LacheyTMZ has obtained legal documents which make it all but certain that Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are both about to become legally single.

The documents, which were signed by both Simpson and Lachey  and filed in L.A. County Superior Court, ask that a retired judge be appointed specifically to enter a divorce decree.

In legal terms, Simpson and Lachey are asking to "bifurcate" the divorce case, meaning the divorce can become final and the parties can then deal with the messy financial matters separately.  The documents ask that retired Judge Dana Senit Henry be appointed "for the sole purpose of conducting the hearing, if any, with respect to the bifurcated issue of the termination of marital status."   

The documents, which TMZ obtained from the court, need a "sign off" from the presiding judge before it becomes official.  The judge is on vacation until next week.  Assuming he signs it -- and there is no reason he wouldn't -- Judge Senit Henry could issue the divorce decree immediately.  Under California law, a divorce decree cannot become final until six months after the divorce petition is filed.  Jessica officially filed for divorce on December 16, 2005, just over six months ago.

As TMZ first reported, Jessica and Nick are worlds apart on how their property will be divided.  Under California law, all earnings and most other assets acquired during their marriage are divided 50/50.  Jessica, who has earned tens of millions of dollars, has offered Nick a scant $1.5 million to walk away from the marriage.  Nick has balked at that amount.  So, the stage is set for a court battle over money.

Click to read the court documents.

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doug    

WOW! ..now i can hit on either one of them and not have to worry

3008 days ago
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Sarai    

I hope Nick gets 50% of all the money that was earned, I hope Jessica new CD "A Crappy Affair" Does horrible, But knowing the American public it will hit #1 on the billboard and she will become richer and skankier.
So there you have it.

3008 days ago
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MaryB    

Jessica needs to fork over the money to Nick,Seems like daddy joe didnt want Nick to work so Jessica could be a star.With out Nick,Jessica would not be where she is today.Seems like now she is ungrateful to Nick, who made her a so called star.Jessica keep Daddy out of your next marriage.Im sick of the Simpsons.Ashlee,Jessica and Daddy Joe!!!!!!!!!

3008 days ago
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Jasmine    

Jessica is definitely headed toward a Britney-like crash. Britney never healed from the split with Justin and jessica will never be the same after having the love of a man like Nick. She will search the rest of her life for a man like him with no success. Its seems as though she has started to alter her face and is beginning to look less natural. After watching Nick's interviews, it is clear that he hasn't let their celebrity change his heart and priorities in life. he will find love, happiness, and start a beautiful family one day. Meanwhile jessica will turn to plastic surgery, clubs, and have to settle for a string of "hookups" as she will soon realize that most men in Hollywood are not the marrying kind.

3008 days ago
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Kiki    

Nick deserves 50% of everything and I hope he gets it. She's only good at shopping and being an uneducated idiot.

3008 days ago
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Vamon    

Nick deserves 50% of her money, because without him she wouldn't have made anything. Most people didn't know who she was before she married him. Without him there wouldn't have been newlyweds, no new cd, or t.v. special. Before him she was a nobody.

3008 days ago
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gail    

Jessica would have nothing without nick-he loved her dearly-her dad was the sick one what a shame Nick got the bad end here-I hope he fights her for everything because he deserves it-i hope her career sinks don;t buy her CD NICK RULES

3008 days ago
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PONDERER    

I don't know why people think Nick was so great, for Jessica or in general. The way he used to insult her on their reality show isn't the way any husband should treat his wife, even if she is "stupid". Being stupid is better than treating people like that. I think Jessica did good divorcing him.

3008 days ago
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ko    

PERSONALLY I THINK JESSICA HAS BECOME STUCK UP. SHE HAS GOT ALL THESE HOLLYWOOD FRIENDS NOW AND SHE FEELS THAT SHE NEEDS TO PARTY AND SEE WHAT SHE IS MISSING. IN THE END WHEN SHE WANTS TO SETTLE IT WILL BE HARD TO FIND A MAN LIKE NICK. I THINK HE IS SO MUCH BETTER THEN HER HE DESERVES A TRUE WOMAN, AND IF WE ALL THINK IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE NEWLYWEDS SHE WOULD NOT BE THIS BIG AND I REALLY BELIEVE NICK HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT. AND I HOPE HE GETS ALOT OF MONEY OUT OF HER BECAUSE IF IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND I AM SURE HER DADDY WOULD BE MAKING GET HIM FOR ALL HE HAS. HAS ANYONE HEARD HER NEW SONG IT SUCKS!!! I THINK SHE IS TRYING TO HARD. WATCH HER GET PREGNANT!!! LOL

3008 days ago
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christine    

I hope Nick sticks her to the wall. Everyone should boycott Jessica and her joke of a sister Ashlee!! I think his CD hitting gold screams volumes of how much he is liked WITHOUT jessica!

3008 days ago
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christine    

I hope Nick gets all his 50 % !! She is a bitch and everyone should boycott her and her joke of a sister ashlee!!

3008 days ago
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Taylor    

Daddy Joe told Jessica NOT to sign a prenup.. hmmmm.. so that perhaps in the event that things DIDN'T work out, she would get ... ohh lets see... HALF.
Nick, you deserve half of everything you two have.

3008 days ago
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Anna    

hahaha

you guys are freaking funny....

you act like you know her and know nick and you know everything.

he will get what he will get.

so get over

and stop acting like your her friends.

i will agree though....

she does look like she has had some work done on her face...

she is looking a bit unnaturally and different.

3008 days ago
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Rhonda    

Jessica will never find another man like Nick. She'll never fidn another man to wait 4 years to have sex with her like Nick did. That man loved her enough to wait until their wedding night and then was patient as their first year as a married couple was all about Jessica's dad (very sick dad by the way.)

Everyone thinks Jessica is just a big ho bag and no one will be proud to marry her the way Nick did. His first post break up song is sweet, hers is ho bag trash like her.

3008 days ago
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Anna    

God could she please go away. Please no one buy the cd.

3008 days ago
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