Nigella Lawson's divorce has been approved by a judge, just weeks after the celebrity chef hit headlines over a domestic bust-up.

The British cook split from advertising mogul Charles Saatchi in June (13) after photographs emerged showing him with his hand around Lawson's throat during an argument over lunch at a London restaurant.

He was later cautioned by police for assault and he filed for divorce earlier this month (Jul13), claiming the couple drifted apart over the previous year.

On Wednesday (31Jul13), a judge at the High Court in London issued a decree nisi, paving the way for the couple's official divorce. They must now wait for six weeks for a decree absolute, which will formally end the marriage.