Nigella's 'quickie' divorce

The 10-year marriage of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi is a step closer after being granted a "quickie divorce" at the High Court.

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Saatchi and Lawson did not attend divorce hearing

Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson did not attend the hearing at the High Court.

A district judge listened as an assistant read out Lawson and Saatchi's names together with those of 14 other divorcing couples.

The judge asked: "Does any party or person wish to show cause against decrees being made or in the question of costs?"

A decree nisi is a statement saying the court sees no reason why a divorce cannot be granted.It is thought the divorce will be rubber-stamped some time in September.

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Saatchi and Lawson will not make financial claims

Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson confirmed they would not make any financial claims against the other, ruling out prolonged legal arguments.

Earlier this year Saatchi accepted a police caution for assault after photographs emerged appearing to show him holding his wife by the throat.

Saatchi later told the Mail on Sunday the pictures gave a "wholly different and incorrect implication".

But he also told the newspaper: "I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way."

Divorce move for Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi

The 10-year marriage of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi is set to end in a so-called "quickie divorce" at the High Court today.

A judge is expected to grant a decree nisi at a brief hearing in central London.

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi pictured in London in 2008. Credit: G6010C/EMPICS Entertainment

A decree nisi is a statement saying the court sees no reason why a divorce cannot be granted.

If it is granted, Saatchi, 70, and Lawson, 53, will then have to wait for a decree absolute, which is usually issued six weeks later and ends the marriage.

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