In the State of California, usually, civil procedures are dismissed if trial does not start within five years after the filing of the case.

CCP 583.310.

An action shall be brought to trial within five years after the action is commenced against the defendant.”

But this may not be so on issues regarding bifurcated divorce cases. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure:

CCP 583.161.

No petition filed pursuant to Section 2330 of the Family Code shall be dismissed pursuant to this chapter if any of the following conditions exist:

(c) The petition is for dissolution of the marriage and a separate trial on the issue of the status of the marriage has been conducted pursuant to Section 2337 of the Family Code.”

That is why even after the divorce has been settled, the courts may still continue to hear other issues related to but are separate from it. However, it is still upon the discretion of the court to impose a kind of “deadline” for the completion of the proceedings, along with other conditions, that’s why it is best to consult with a lawyer regarding property settlement after divorce has been granted.