Madonna and Guy Ritchie have been granted a preliminary decree of divorce. After six weeks and a day, the divorce can become final.

Ritchie is not asking for any of Madonna's fortune, estimated at over $450 million, U.K. papers are reporting. Ritchie is worth about one-tenth of that.

Neither appeared at Friday's brief court session in which a judge granted decrees to 17 couples.

Madonna's daughter Lourdes from a previous relationship, will stay with Madonna.

The quick settlement comes just over a month since the two publicly announced their split amidst rumors linking Madonna and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

The couple's lawyers, Helen Ward and Fiona Shackleton, are said to have worked tirelessly to gain an early settlement.

Ritchie and Madonna married eight years ago.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.