When are financial matters finalised?
Unless and until the Court gives an Order dealing with the financial issues nothing is finalised. Even then, certain aspects of matters may remain open, particularly where it is a long marriage/civil partnership or there are children involved. Should you agree a financial settlement in the meantime this is something the Court will have regard to, but it is not binding. Should your financial position have improved in the meantime then the Court is entitled to take this into account.
An order dealing with the finances is not normally granted prior to Decree Absolute/Final Order, as the marriage/partnership needs to be over to finalise the financial issues. Where agreement is reached before this, it will usually have to wait on the Decree Absolute/Final Order. The Court does have some powers to make Orders in the meantime.