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Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi step closer to divorce

By John Fahey

TV chef Nigella Lawson and millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi have moved a step closer to end their marriage.

In a hearing at London's High Court which lasted less than a minute, District Judge Anne Aitken granted the couple a decree nisi – the first legal step to ending their 10-year marriage.

Saatchi (70) and Lawson (53) now have to wait for a decree absolute, usually issued six weeks and a day later, ending their marriage.

Court paperwork shows Nigella applied for divorce on the grounds of Saatchi's unreasonable behaviour.

The marriage was said to have irretrievably broken down and an "order for financial relief" has been agreed between the petitioner and respondent.

Lawson also confirmed that they were living apart.

The document was signed by the popular cook and broadcaster on July 9.

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