Danica Patrick has filed for divorce from Paul Hospenthal in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County.
The NASCAR star initially announced her intention to separate from her husband back in November of last year, however, she is apparently only now getting around to actually submitting the paperwork.
According to documents obtained by Sporting News, Patrick describes her situation with Hospenthal as follows: “My marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation.”
Because Arizona doesn’t mandate a legitimate reason for divorces, Patrick’s justification there should suffice. Unfortunately, the fact that it is a no-fault state won’t make this process move any faster. The proceedings can’t be made official for at least 60 days, and Hospenthal will have the opportunity to respond to Patrick’s filing.
The pair reportedly has a prenuptial agreement in place, and apparently also has a settlement agreement already drawn up that will eventually be presented in court.
Back in November 2012, Patrick wrote this on her Facebook page:
“I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage,” wrote the NASCAR star.
She continued, “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”
Late last week Patrick announced that she would not participate in this year’s Indy 500 because she wanted to place more emphasis on preparing for her upcoming NASCAR schedule.
(Kudos Sporting News)