August 1, 2013
British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, 53, was granted the preliminary stage of her divorce to businessman Charles Saatchi, 70, today in a speedy 70-second trial that neither partner attended. The divorce was announced barely a month ago as the marriage was “irretrievably broken down,” and was filed on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour.”
The decree nisi, which states that the court sees no reason why the divorce cannot be granted, is the first step to being granted a decree absolute, which will effectively end their marriage six weeks and one day later. Quick and quiet after their dramatic public domestic-abuse case, the divorce was handled entirely through mediation. The couple were said to be worth an estimated $228 million, but as they signed a pre-nuptial agreement when they wed in 2003, Saatchi did not even hire a lawyer. The terms of the divorce and financial statements will not be disclosed publicly.
Here is an account of how quickly things happened:
The couple peacefully parted ways with Lawson moving out of their 14-million dollar mansion to L.A. with her son Bruno, 17, and daughter Cosima, 19, to prepare for her new show, “The Taste.” Phoebe Saatchi, 19, Saatchi’s daughter from his previous marriage, has also been invited to stay at her stepmother’s rented home. Saatchi accepted a caution for assault following the incident, and has spoken out saying that he’s deeply saddened by the circumstances. The divorce ended amicably, without any further emotional outbursts and on good, if quick, terms.
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