Heather Mills & Paul McCartney Granted Divorce


May. 12 2008, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney are nearly officially kaput.

A justice granted a preliminary decree of divorce to the exes during a Monday hearing at London's High Court, Reuters reports.

"On the petition for divorce presented by Miss Heather Mills, I pronounce the decree nisi of divorce on the grounds of two years' separation," Justice Hugh Bennett announced. "Sir Paul McCartney has consented to the decree being granted on these grounds."

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The divorce could be finalized in six weeks plus a day, he added.

Per a March ruling, 40-year-old Heather was awarded $48.6 million in the bitter settlement, which breaks down to approximately $33 million in cash and $15.6 million in assets. The former Beatle will also pay for their 4-year-old daughter Beatrice's education and nanny fees, on top of making periodic payments of $70,000 to her.

Neither Heather or Paul, 65, were present for the 30-second hearing today.

The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in 2002 and split four years later.

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