Nigella Lawson, husband granted preliminary divorce after splitting
English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, Nigella Lawson poses during the 28th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video,Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP / Lionel Cironneau)
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:58AM EDT
LONDON -- Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and art baron Charles Saatchi have taken the first legal step toward finalizing the end of their marriage.
In a hearing at London's High Court lasting less than a minute, District Judge Anne Aitken granted the couple a decree nisi -- the first of two stages of divorce.
The divorce of 70-year-old Saatchi and 53-year-old Lawson can become final after six weeks and a day, with the granting of a decree absolute.
The couple separated after a newspaper published photos last month of Saatchi grasping his wife's throat during an argument at a London restaurant.