Director/producer Austin Chick filed for divorce from Morena in June last year (15), and the couple is in the process of making the split permanent.

However, the actress, who is eight months pregnant by Ben McKenzie, her co-star in U.S. TV series Gotham, has cited medical advice stating that a lengthy session with lawyers hammering out the details of the separation would be too stressful.

According to court documents seen by editors at, the star is requesting an immediate termination of her marriage to Austin, but wants to delay the finalisation of any permanent financial settlements until 30 days after she gives birth.

In November last year (15), a U.S. judge ordered Morena to make monthly payments of $2,693 (£1,683) in child support and $20,249 (£12,656) in spousal support, while giving her primary physical custody of their two-year-old son Julius.

Court documents filed as part of the ongoing divorce have revealed that Morena and Ben, who went public with their relationship in September last year (15), are planning to wed.