The couple are granted a decree nisi at the High Court

Nigella Lawson and husband Charles Saatchi got a quickie divorce this morning.

The couple were granted a decree nisi at London’s High Court just weeks after Charles, 70, was photographed grabbing Nigella‘s neck at a restaurant.

Nigella, 53, flew into Heathrow Airport ahead of the hearing last night but neither she, Charles nor her legal team attended.

The TV cook is being represented by lawyer Fiona Shackleton – who oversaw Sir Paul McCartney‘s split from Heather Mills – while art collector Charles has chosen not to hire anyone.

It’s understood that Nigella and Charles have agreed not
to reveal the grounds for divorce and are believed to have signed a
pre-nuptial agreement when they wed in 2003.

They’re expected to be given a decree absolute in September.

Charles had dismissed his and Nigella‘s argument outside their favourite eatery Scott’s Of Mayfair as a ‘playful tiff’ before announcing that they’d ended things.

He accepted a police caution for assault and Nigella left their £12 million Chelsea mansion to stay in a rented apartment.

Earlier this month, Nigella and Charles released a joint statement about their divorce.

‘We can confirm Fiona Shackleton is acting for Nigella Lawson to ensure a swift and amicable resolution,’ read the statement.

‘A divorce will proceed on the undefended basis. Neither party will be making financial claims.’

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Anna Duff