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The upcoming royal wedding -- of pop culture royalty Kim Kardashian and Kanye West -- is set to take place in France, and you bet it will be très chic. But while Ukraine is getting invaded, and people across the globe live in poverty, Kimye are suffering a "crisis" of their own -- French law.

French law requires that one of the parties being married must reside "in the country for at least 40 days prior to the wedding," according to Radar Online. A source at the French Embassy explained, "These requirements cannot be waived," reports E! Online. And while France may be a nice place to get married, it's apparently not nice enough to live in for 40 days -- at least not for Kim and Kanye.

So, it looks like the most anticipated wedding of the year will be more of a big party than a wedding, technically speaking. Here's why:

Paul Simon's 'Domestic Violence' Arrest: Wife Says She Started It

Music legend Paul Simon and his wife were arrested on domestic violence charges following a spat between spouses Saturday.

Simon, 72, and wife Edie Brickell, 47, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut, but they appeared holding hands in court Monday. Brickell told CNN through her lawyer that she "picked a fight with [her] husband" but that that "it's orderly now."

What will happen to the domestic violence charges against the singer and his wife?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 19

It was a murder mystery whodunit on "The Good Wife" this week, and Alicia showed Americans how unreliable even the most competent eyewitness can be.

"Tying the Knot" plays a bit like an episode of "Scandal," but there are plenty of legal twists to untangle. Here's what you need to know:

Valerie Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, and had been silently fighting her battle with the disease until she disclosed it in her autobiography in 2013.

As if having cancer weren't bad enough, now Harper is facing a $2 million lawsuit filed by Broadway producer Matthew Lombardo, The Associated Press reports.

How did the situation unravel and get this bad? Here's a breakdown of the lawsuit:

Johnny Depp Won't Testify in Murder Trial After All

In case you missed it: Johnny Depp was subpoenaed to testify in a murder trial, but it looks like he's off the hook.

Depp was originally subpoenaed to testify to support the defendant's insanity defense. Nancy Lekon, the woman on trial for murder, claimed she was in a relationship with the actor when she had no connection to Depp, according to TMZ.

Now Depp won't have to testify after the attorneys agreed to a stipulation.

Sara Kapfer and Cuba Gooding Jr.: Divorcing or Separating?

Another one bites the dust: Sara Kapfer has filed for separation from actor Cuba Gooding Jr. after 20 years of marriage.

Kapfer is citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split and is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their three kids, according to TMZ. Although some news sources are reporting that Kapfer is filing for divorce, TMZ is reporting that she filed for separation.

So what's the difference between separation and divorce?

'Deport Justin Bieber' Petition Gets White House Response

The "Deport Justin Bieber" petition at WhiteHouse.gov has finally gotten a response from the Obama administration, but probably not the one the petition's 273,000 supporters were hoping for.

In an official response titled "Believing in Immigration Reform," the White House responded, "Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one." The response then continues with a discussion of "common-sense immigration reform."

Why won't the White House take the "Deport Bieber" petition seriously?

'Ice Road Truckers' Arrest: Prostitute Allegedly Kidnapped

"Ice Road Truckers" star Timothy Zickuhr has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and extorting a Las Vegas prostitute named "Snow White."

In a strange set of allegations, Zickuhr is accused of threatening to kill "Snow White" if a Las Vegas police officer didn't bring him $1,000. "Snow White" claims that Zickuhr had punched and threatened to kill her over money he believed the prostitute owed him, reports Las Vegas' KVVU-TV.

Does the slippery slope of stardom lead to "Ice Road Truckers" ransoming "Snow White?"

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 18

This week's episode of "The Good Wife" was all about returns and reacquaintances, both in plot and in legal inspiration.

After a whole season of intermittent NSA bits, this plotline is finally wrapped up in "All Tapped Out." Here's what you need to know:

'Cops' and Suspects' Rights: Whatcha Gonna Do When They Record You?

Nobody wants to end up on "Cops," but those who appear on the long-running reality TV show do have some legal rights.

"Cops" will soon begin a 10-week filming stretch in San Jose, California, for the first time in the show's 26-year history, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The "Cops" crew will hit the streets alongside San Jose's finest to provide a window into what these men and women do in America's 10th largest city.

As for the "bad boys" (and girls) caught on video, what rights do they have when being filmed for an episode of "Cops?"

Will Arnett, Amy Poehler's Divorce Seeks Joint Child Custody

After being separated for more than 18 months, "The Millers" star Will Arnett has filed for divorce from "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler.

The comedic duo announced their separation in September 2012, but is just now filing for divorce. In Arnett's court filing, he's seeking joint custody of the couple's two sons, according to The Associated Press.

Celebrity divorces are pretty common, but for those couples with children, what happens when there's joint custody?

3 Legal Tips for Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg's Engagement

Wedding bells are ahead now that 90s icons Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are engaged.

McCarthy, a TV host and former Playboy model, and Wahlberg, an actor and member of New Kids on the Block, announced their engagement on "The View," according to E! News. After the engagement was announced, "The View" host Barbara Walters offered up her New York City apartment as a potential wedding venue.

Now that the celebrity duo is heading down the aisle, here are three legal tips for their pending nuptials.

Johnny Depp Subpoenaed to Testify in Murder Case

In a plot that seems straight out of a movie, Johnny Depp has been subpoenaed to testify in a murder case.

Nancy Lekon is accused of killing a pedestrian in Los Angeles by running her down and dragging her for a mile. Lekon's attorney wants Depp's testimony to help prove her client is insane because Lekon claims she was in a relationship with the actor at the time of the alleged homicide, according to TMZ.

So does Depp have to take the witness stand?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 17

This week's episode of "The Good Wife" opened with drinking and closed with some drama, but there was a tiny bit of law in between.

Let's try to make a meal out of the side dish of legal information served up in "A Material World":

Mickey Rooney Estate Fight Ends With Burial Agreement

The late actor Mickey Rooney can finally rest in peace, now that an agreement has been reached between his estate and his ex-wife regarding his burial plan.

Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93, expressed interest in being buried somewhere with a connection to Hollywood film stars, while his estranged ex-wife Jan Rooney believed that the actor should be buried at a family plot near Hollywood, according to the New York Daily News.

The now-diffused legal battle may leave fans wondering if burial plans should be included as part of a will.

Katherine Heigl Sues Duane Reade Over Twitter, Facebook Pics

Actress Katherine Heigl is suing drug-store chain Duane Reade for using her name and image for advertising purposes without her permission.

Duane Reade apparently posted an unauthorized paparazzi photo of the actress on Twitter with the caption "Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can't resist shopping #NYC's favorite drugstore," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The same photo was posted to Duane Reade's Facebook page.

Heigl is suing the pharmacy under the false advertising clause of the Lanham Act and under New York's right of publicity laws.

'Bar Rescue' Lawsuit Alleges Setup, Battery; but Is There Proof?

"Bar Rescue" host Jon Taffer, his wife, and the production company of the show have been sued by a bar owner for an alleged conspiracy to assault the owner.

Dr. Paul Wilkes, the owner of a bar that was featured on the show, is claiming that Taffer and the producers conspired to have him hit on Taffer's wife and get attacked by Taffer for doing so, according to Deadline Hollywood.

So how will Wilkes prove the setup?

Hollywood Studios Sue Megaupload, Kim Dotcom for Infringement

Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom are under legal fire in federal court for infringing on multiple Hollywood studios' copyrights.

The online file-hosting site was raided in January 2012 by the feds, but now Dotcom is facing civil allegations as well as criminal charges for running Megaupload, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

What does this new suit add to Megaupload's already full legal plate?

'Hardcore Pawn' Stars Arrested Over Repawned Stolen Goods

While pawn shop employees are known to think twice before accepting stolen goods, two stars of "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago" were arrested for re-pawning stolen goods from their own store.

Cast members Jeremy Jackson and Karl Bell were arrested by Chicago police after the owners of Royal Pawn Shop became suspicious when merchandise went missing, according to TMZ.

Jackson and Bell were charged with felony theft.

'Maury' Guests Can't Wait for Taping, Get Arrested in Hotel Fight

While most guests on the "Maury Show" save the drama for when the cameras are rolling, a Chicago couple was arrested at their hotel for fighting before taping even began.

John Coley, 46, and Shantae McGhee-Brown, 25, were both arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, though Coley's mischief charge has since been dropped. McGhee-Brown is also charged with interfering with an officer, according to The Hour.

The couple was slated to appear on "Maury" because Coley allegedly slept with McGhee-Brown's mother. That sounds like quite a domestic predicament, but now the couple will have some legal affairs to deal with as well.

Amanda Bynes' 28th Birthday: A Legal Status Update

It's Amanda Bynes' 28th birthday today, and so far, it seems like her fans' legal wishes have come true: She hasn't made any headlines today for a run-in with the law.

While Bynes has certainly faced a fair share of legal troubles in recent years, it seems like the actress is doing much better now. She's apparently a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Southern California, according to E! News.

To show how far Bynes has come as she turns the big 2-8, let's take a look back at her recent legal timeline:

Glenn Beck Sued by Boston Bombing Victim for Alleged Defamation

Radio and Internet host Glenn Beck is being sued by a Boston Marathon bombing victim for alleged defamation.

Abdulrahman Alharbi, 20, a student from Saudi Arabia, filed a lawsuit against Beck, who on his radio show called Alharbi the "money man" behind the attacks. Alharbi was injured in the bombings, but was quickly cleared of wrongdoing and was never named as a suspect, according to The Washington Post.

What will Alharbi have to prove in order to make Glenn Beck pay for his words?

Justin Bieber Granted U.S. Citizenship

Pop singer Justin Bieber has been granted U.S. citizenship, silencing the hundreds of thousands of Americans who petitioned the White House to have him deported.

The Biebs will still have to worry about paparazzi and future DUI court dates, but after a private concert and an impromptu ceremony this morning, the hashtag #DeportBieber is officially #2000andLate.

How did the Canadian singer, who's already sung his way into Americans' hearts, officially become an American citizen?