In April I received the Decree Nisi. My question is do I need to wait until my financial settlement is finalized in order to be able to apply for Decree Absolute? Or can I apply for the Decree Absolute while I am still trying to come to a financial agreement with my ex? (We have gone to mediation, which seems to have failed so I guess court is the next step).
Also, can one apply for the Decree Absolute without any financial settlement ever being agreed? (In the instance that neither I nor my ex want anything from the other)
The general advice is to wait until you have a Consent Order sealed, in fact if you have dependent children the judge may refuse it anyway.
If court proceedings begin it tends to make little difference but what matters most is if there are pensions to be shared, if this is the case insurance to protect benefits in death tends to be needed before the Absolute will be granted.
Providing section 10 of D8 was not ruled out the absolute can be decreed without risk.