Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi‘s ten year marriage could be over in a matter of minutes this week. TV chef Nigella features as the petitioner for a decree nisi in a list of cases to be heard at London’s High Court on Wednesday, the Mail reports.
Their petition will be heard at 10.30am before District Judge Aitken. Proceedings are expected to last a matter of minutes, since the former couple are understood to have signed a pre-nuptial agreement when they wed in 2003.
Nigella, 53, and art collector Charles are together estimated to be worth £150m and share an £11.8m home in Chelsea, London, but it is thought that they have agreed not to disclose publicly any financial settlement or terms of the divorce.
In a bid to hold on to his multi-million pound art collection, Charles has reportedly been dealing directly with Nigella’s lawyer, Fiona Shackleton, who has previously represented Prince Charles and Paul McCartney.
The couple are not required to attend Wednesday’s hearing, and Nigella is expected to seek the divorce on the grounds of her husband’s unreasonable behaviour.
They will have to wait for at least six weeks after their decree nisi is pronounced before their divorce can be finalized with a decree absolute.
After Charles, 70, was photographed last month with his hand around his wife’s neck at a London restaurant, he initially dismissed the incident as a “playful tiff”. He then released a statement to say that the marriage was over and that he was seeking a divorce.
Nigella quickly moved out of their home and has rented an apartment with her son Bruno.