Danica Patrick's Divorce Finalized

Natalie Abrams
April 26, 2013
Danica Patrick | Photo Credits: Peter Kramer/NBC/ Getty Images

Danica Patrick's divorce from husband Paul Hospenthal has been finalized, ESPN reports.

The NASCAR driver filed for divorce on Jan. 3, citing an "irretrievably broken" marriage. Because the filing was not contested, it was eligible to become official after 60 days. A judge signed the consent decree on April 15.

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"I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage," she wrote on Facebook in late November. "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."

Patrick, 31, first met Hospenthal, a physical therapist and 17 years her senior, when he treated her for a hip injury in 2002. Three years later they married in a private ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz. They have no children together.

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