Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell files for divorce

Date: Dec 06, 2011

Leading author and former columnist for the New York Observer Candace Bushnell has reportedly filed for a divorce from her husband of nine years, Charles Askegard.

Bushnell apparently lodged the paperwork with the court on December 2, just months after her husband finished his final performance with the New York City Ballet.

Media representatives for the famous writer confirmed the divorce to reporters on December 3, along with a statement.

In it, Bushnell said: "We had some wonderful times in our nine-year marriage and I still care about Charles as a person.

"I respect his desire to pursue his own happiness and hope that we will continue to be friends in the future."

This sentiment was echoed by Askegard in a public response in which he describes the current relationship transition as "difficult".

"Although we have sadly grown apart, I will always respect and care about Candace and appreciate the time we spent together," said Askegard.

Bushnell is well known in a number of media circles for her recognisable articles on health and relationships as well as her authorship of the world-famous Sex and the City book.

More in the style of a collection of essays than a continuous novel, the publication was first printed in 1997 and has since been reissued in 2001, 2006 and 2008.

In addition the stories formed the basis for a well-known TV show of the same name - which in turn spawned two movies in 2008 and 2010.

The 53-year-old writer has also penned a number of other books, including the titles Four Blondes, Trading Up and Lipstick Jungle - the last of which was also adapted for television.

Before marrying principal ballet dancer Askegard in 2008, Bushnell had a total of five best-selling novels to her name - with another two published since then.

It is not clear at this stage if the former couple had a prenuptial agreement in place with a family lawyer before they were wed - meaning that the future division of their assets is uncertain.

Under Australian law there exists the principle of a no fault divorce - where the Family Law Act 1975 makes it clear that a dissolution is not to be attributed to one party or the other.

Instead the law only allows for a divorce to be granted on the grounds of an irretrievable breakdown of a relationship as demonstrated by 12 months' separation - highlighting the importance of gaining family law advice before proceeding with any legal union.