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Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi have moved one step closer to ending their marriage once and for all.
During a brief 60-second hearing at London's High Court on Wedneday, a judge granted a "decree nisi," which under U.K. law is a routine, early-stage decree for divorce proceedings before a final ruling becomes binding. Neither the celebrity chef or her art collector husband were in attendance.
The two will now have to wait six weeks before they can be granted a "decree absolute," which will finalize their divorce and put an end to their 10-year union.
Lawson, 53, and Saatchi, 70, separated soon after photos were published last month in The Mirror's Sunday People showing the former advertising bigwig grabbing his wife's throat during an argument at Scott's restaurant in Mayfair, London. The images prompted an investigation by authorities, who ultimately gave Saatchi a warning for assault.
Saatchi announced on July 6 that the pair was getting a divorce. He and Lawson also later revealed that they have no plans to make financial claims against each other.
According to a statement obtained by E! News earlier this month, Lawson is represented by lawyer Fiona Shackleton, who is working to "ensure a swift and amicable resolution."
The statement added, "Both parties would appreciate privacy for themselves and their children at this difficult time."