In a procedure taking just seconds, district judge Christopher Simmonds is expected to grant the decree nisi in court nine. After a six-week cooling-off period the decree absolute will be granted - leaving no legal connection between the stars.
Cheryl's legal team first sent papers to Cole last May and filed for divorce. Cole responded immediately - accepting his infidelity had wrecked the marriage. The case is referred to only under their initials - reading CAC v AC - but tops today's list of 29 divorces at the court. Neither star is expected to attend the process to formally dissolve the shattered four-year marriage.
"Cheryl is in the States but is watching things very closely. She is relieved and pleased things have progressed significantly since her illness. She just wants to move on with her life and getting the divorce done will end a very painful chapter," the Sun quoted a source as saying. "She and Ashley have no need to stay in touch and all housing and assets will be handled by their legal representatives."
Cheryl had initially stated she did not want a penny from Chelsea defender Cole. But it has emerged she can expect up to 4.5million pounds after the sale of assets and property including the couple''s Surrey mansion.