Music veteran Madonna and her filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie are to begin their divorce proceedings at the high court in London today.

The couple announced last month that they were to divorce after seven years of marriage.

According to court lists, the pair will be granted a preliminary divorce decree having reached a financial settlement and an agreement over the shared custody of their children.

Media speculation of the pair's impending separation had increased in recent months, with rumours of an affair between the Material Girl and New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez.

They are expected to undergo private divorce proceedings, as opposed to the high-profile split of another celebrity couple, Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.

21/11/2008 08:45:30