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Kanye West Has Officially Responded To Kim Kardashian’s Divorce Filing

The rapper asked for joint custody of their four children.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Kim Kardashian West (L) and Kanye West attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Roughly two months after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West, the rapper has officially filed a legal response. In the document obtained by People, West requested joint legal and physical custody of the former couple’s children — North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 1 — and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. He has also agreed with the SKIMS founder that they do not need spousal support.

West’s response does not appear to contradict anything Kardashian asked for in her initial filing. In February, TMZ reported that the 40-year-old reality star asked for joint legal and physical custody of their children, which West was reportedly “fine with.” Sources told the news outlet at the time that the two remained “committed to co-parenting together” and that they were already “far along in reaching a property settlement agreement.” TMZ described the divorce as “amicable” and reported that neither party was contesting the terms of their prenuptial agreement.

Although Kardashian and West have reportedly agreed on the terms of their divorce, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some bumps along the way. In March, for example, Page Six reported that the exes were no longer on speaking terms and that the 43-year-old musician changed all of his phone numbers. “Even before Kim filed for divorce, Kanye changed his numbers and said, ‘You can contact me through my security,’” a source told the outlet. However, despite their reported lack of communication, the insider revealed that the KUWTK star still “trusts him around the kids.” “He loves them and is seeing a lot of them,” the source added.

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Speculation that the couple was ending their nearly seven-year marriage began on Jan. 5, when Page Six reported that divorce was “imminent”. The outlet also noted that Kardashian hired renowned celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who previously handled her separation from her ex-husband, Kris Humphries. A month later, in February, Kardashian officially filed. “They are just not on the same page when it comes to their future as a family,” a source told People at the time. “And Kim is okay with it.”

Another insider told the magazine about Kim's plans to stay “at the Hidden Hills house with the kids.” “This is their home and Kim doesn’t want to move right now at least,” the source said. And after the divorce rumors first came to the surface in January, an insider told Page Six that the reality star was “trying to get Kanye to turn over the Calabasas house to her because that’s where the kids are based and growing up.” Fortunately, it seems things worked out in her favor. “Kim fought to keep the place because it is their children’s home, and she won,” the source said.

The living arrangements, of course, were the least of the former couple’s concerns. According to multiple sources, their kids have been their greatest priority throughout the entire process. “They both agree that the less stress the kids experience, the better,” a source told People. “Kanye loves his kids. He wants them to be happy. He doesn't want to fight with Kim about anything.” However, that doesn’t mean that the Jesus Is King rapper wanted things to end this way. According to one of People’s sources, West finally “resigned to reality” when Kardashian filed the paperwork. “He knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier,” the insider said.