Rowan Atkinson did not need to attend the Decree Nisi hearing. There is no need to attend this hearing unless there is dispute on costs or defended proceedings. It is a paper based excercise. Decree Nisi is the half way point of divorce. Mr Bean will not be divorced until his wife has applied for Decree Absolute. She cannot make this application until the expiry of 6 weeks and 1 day from the date of Decree Nisi. There may also be a delay in filing her application until the couple have resolved the division of their finances.

This article is another example of the media portraying the myth of a 'quickie divorce' - all couples have to follow the same legal process whether they are famous or not.