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Madonna divorce to be sealed in London court

entertainment Updated: Nov 21, 2008 13:12 IST
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The end of the seven-year marriage between US pop star Madonna and her British film director husband Guy Ritchie is to be sealed before the High Court in London Friday, it has been announced.

A listing published by the High Court Thursday showed that the celebrity couple are scheduled for a "quickie" divorce procedure with a decree nisi due to be announced at 1000 GMT Friday.

The case is listed under Ciccone M L v Ritchie G S, and will be heard before a judge in the High Court's Family Division.

Neither Madonna, 50, who is currently in the United States on her Sticky and Sweet tour, nor her 40-year-old husband, were expected to attend the proceedings.

The couple announced October 15 they were splitting, ending months of speculation.

High-profile lawyers employed by both sides had been working "round the clock" to hammer out a settlement and custody arrangements for their three children.

According to the Evening Standard newspaper Thursday, Ritchie had refused to take a penny of Madonna's fortune of an estimated 300 million pounds ($480 million) and she would keep "the bulk" of her wealth.

Ritchie's fortune is estimated at 25 million pounds.

The Standard said that the couple's two boys, eight-year-old Rocco and David Banda, a three-year-old Malawian boy they adopted in 2006, would divide their time between Britain and the US.

Meanwhile, 12 year-old Lourdes, Madonna's daughter from a previous relationship, would remain with the pop diva who will make New York her principal home.