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Madonna's next step to freedom

November 21, 2008|ASSOCIATED PRESS

A judge will likely grant Madonna and Guy Ritchie an initial divorce decree on Friday, according to the schedule for London's High Court.

The court lists "Ciccone M L v. Ritchie G S" as one of 17 cases for "matrimonial and civil partnership causes for pronouncement of decree."

That means a judge is to grant the couple a preliminary divorce decree. After six weeks and a day, the couple will probably be granted a decree absolute and the divorce will become final.

British media reported Thursday that the celebrity pair had reached a settlement that would see the pop superstar keep the majority of her estimated $445-million fortune and share custody of their two children.

A report in the Evening Standard newspaper said Ritchie had refused to take any of Madonna's assets, while the Times of London said Madonna would hold on to the bulk of her fortune.

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