For most, it is the beginning of a new life and new, guilt-free relationships.In some cases there is, in fact, a rush to decree absolute.
In most cases, however, too much water has passed under the bridge and the obtaining of decree absolute is public recognition that the parties, who are already divorced in body and mind, are now legally divorced.
Perhaps emotionally, it seems a step too far, too soon – and the Petitioner, despite having initiated the process, cannot bring him self or herself to take the final step.
So the Respondent may also apply, three months after the earliest date that the Petitioner could have done so, and that application too is usually a formality.
It has happened in two of my cases over the last 20 years.
Benefits such as a widow’s pension, automatically payable under a husband’s pension scheme, may be lost if the husband dies suddenly and there is a decree absolute, but the financial side is still rumbling on and no financial court order is in place.