It might be a bit late to reply but just wanted to point out that if there is a
pension sharing order involved, it is strongly advised to wait 28 days from the date of the Order to apply for decree absolute:
See below explanations from a Solicitor''s website:
''Death of either party during the sharing process:
The effective date of the Order will be stated in the pension sharing annex (attached to the Order). It is normal for an Order to take effect 28 days from the date the Order is made or on the date that the decree
absolute is granted to the parties, whichever is the later.
Please note that should the member die before the pension sharing order has been implemented and before the effective date of the order, all death benefits
would be payable as determined by the transferring pension scheme.
It is important to check with the pension scheme as some schemes will not pay benefits to a separated spouse. It would be for the scheme rules or trustees to decide whether the spouse, as an estranged but not yet divorced spouse, would receive the widow’s/widowers pension and any death in service lump sum.
If the scheme member dies and the decree absolute has already been obtained prior to the effective date of the sharing order, the pension sharing order would be unenforceable. The members ex spouse would no longer receive the pension share they were expecting and as the party expecting the pension share would no longer be the spouse, they would no longer receive widow’s/widowers pension or any lump sum death benefit.
---> Do not obtain decree absolute until 28 days after the pension sharing order has been made.''
It is only a small risk of any of the above happening but not worth taking if a large pension is part of the package.