Lamar Odom and Khloé Kardashian never really divorced

Former basketball player Lamar Odom is in the hospital, having recently been taken in for treatment after he was found unresponsive—he’s still in a coma. This story has been huge in the news over the past few days, and one of the biggest surprises for people who have been following it was that Khloé Kardashian went to the hospital to see him and make medical decisions that he couldn’t make.

This was a surprise because many people thought Kardashian and Odom had divorced. When they married, it made headlines because both of them were already famous and much of their relationship was aired on television. In 2013, the news hit that Kardashian had asked for a divorce. How was she able to make medical decisions two years later?

The reality is that the two never actually finished getting divorced. It’s true that Kardashian filed for it in 2013 and, this July, both Odom and Kardashian went ahead and signed the papers, but no judgement has been made at this time. That means that they are still married and she has the power to make these decisions on his behalf. It explains her quick rush to the hospital when she found out what had happened.

Both had seemed to move on with their lives, with Kardashian even dating another basketball player and Odom having relationships of his own, but the public appearance wasn’t the same as the legal standing.

This story illustrated how long a divorce can take. Those in Maryland must understand every step of the process and the legal implications of making sure everything is really finalized.

Source: People, “Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom Are Legally Still Married,” Michele Corriston, Oct. 14, 2015