Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi promise “swift and amicable” divorce

Nigella LawsonTV chef Nigella Lawson and estranged husband Charles Saatchi have promised a swift and amicable divorce”.

The undefended fast track process will proceed to a decree nisi, the penultimate stage in a divorce, on July 31, with neither party making a financial claim against the other.

In a joint statement, the couple said advertising tycoon Saatchi has not consulted a lawyer and will be representing himself during the proceedings.

The statement concluded:

“Both parties would appreciate privacy for themselves and their children at this difficult time.”

Last month, controversial photographs showing Saatchi with his hands around his wife’s throat outside a London restaurant appeared in the media. Saatchi accepted a police caution, and subsequently announced plans to divorce Nigella, reportedly without telling her first. Describing the decision as “heartbreaking”, the 70 year-old insisted that he had never abused his wife and said he was disappointed she had made no public statements in his defence.

Photo by Taku via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Marilyn Stowe

The senior partner at Stowe Family Law, Marilyn Stowe is one of Britain’s best known divorce lawyers with clients throughout the country, in Europe, the Far East and the USA.

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