If you would like to settle financial and property matters with your ex-spouse once and for all then a financial order from the family court is needed. Obtaining decree absolute does not mean that financial issues will automatically be resolved – the financial claims arising from the ending of the marriage will remain open. This means that your ex-spouse could make a claim against you and your assets in the future, regardless of the time which has elapsed since you separated, and regardless of the divorce being finalised.
We recommend that you resolve the financial claims that you and your ex-spouse have against each other at the same time as the divorce is processed. This will give you both certainty about your finances and allow you to move on.