When the finances have been finalised, then a decree absolute can be applied for. When you have your decree absolute, you are officially divorced. The decree absolute cannot be applied for less than 6 weeks and 1 day after the decree nisi has been pronounced in court.
However, it is rarely this quick. Not only can it take a while to get court dates but negotiations for financial settlements can run into months or even years. As it’s not usual to get a decree absolute before finances have been settled between you and your spouse, this could significantly hold up the proceedings, especially if you need to take your financial settlement case to court if negotiations don’t prove satisfactory.
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