People.com Celebrity Nick & Jessica Divorce Imminent The couple file papers asking a judge to make their split official By People Staff Published on June 30, 2006 11:50 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey look like they’re on their way to a speedy divorce, according to legal papers filed in L.A. County Superior Court. The documents, signed by both Lachey and Simpson, request that retired Superior Court Judge Dana Senit Henry be appointed “for the sole purpose of” ending the couple’s marriage. The former Newlyweds are asking the judge to “bifurcate” the case, meaning to make the divorce official without settling all the financial details of the split. The decision should come within a month’s time. In fact, money has been a sticking point between the couple since their split last November. Soon after Simpson filed for divorce on December 16, Lachey specified that he reserved the right to ask for spousal support, though in a published interview he denied that he planned to ask for alimony. Professionally, Simpson has been causing quite a buzz with her new video for her single “Public Affair.” Simpson costars in it with Eva Longoria, Christina Applegate and Ryan Seacrest among others, and shot it recently at a Los Angeles roller rink. Lachey, meanwhile, has been out promoting his new album, What’s Left of Me. Since the split, both Simpson, 25, and Lachey, 32, have been linked to a variety of new partners. Most recently, she was seen engaging in a public flirtation with Jared Leto. Lachey, alternately, has been said to be romancing Vanessa Minnillo and/or stylist Kim Kardashian.