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04/25/13
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Danica Patrick divorce final
Danica Patrick in 2005 when she first was married to Paul
Danica Patrick, the highest-finishing female driver in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, is now a single woman.

Now dating fellow Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Patrick is legally single as her divorce to Paul Hospenthal was finalized April 17th in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County.  Stewart-Haas Racing spokesmen said Patrick would have no comment on the finalizing of her divorce.

“I'm not going to go into details about my private life all the time,” Patrick said in February when talking about her divorce and dating Stenhouse. “I understand there's a curiosity for it.

“To be honest, it's my life. … I'm just relaxed. I feel happy. I feel like I'm just enjoying my life. It makes me smile to talk about (Stenhouse).”  Patrick announced she would divorce Hospenthal in November and filed the initial paperwork Jan. 3. A judge signed the consent decree of dissolution of marriage April 15 and it was filed with the clerk of court two days later.

Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, requiring no reason for a divorce.

“The marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable prospect for reconciliation,” the divorce decree states in using the same words Patrick used in her initial filing.

Neither Patrick nor Hospenthal was represented by a lawyer in court.

“Provisions of this decree are fair and reasonable under the circumstances (and) the division of property and debt is fair and equitable,” the divorce decree states.

Some of those details are not part of the divorce file as Patrick and Hospenthal worked out a separate property settlement agreement that divides their property. Both signed it on April 11 and neither Patrick nor Hospenthal will have to pay alimony.

Patrick paid for all the mediation and court filing fees.

Patrick and Hospenthal entered a prenuptial agreement Nov. 11, 2005 — eight days before their marriage.

The couple had no children and there were no incidents of domestic violence, according to the filing.

Hospenthal, who is 17 years older than the 31-year-old Patrick, is a physical therapist and met Patrick while treating her for an injury.

“I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage,” Patrick said in a Nov. 20 post on her Facebook page.

“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." Sporting News

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