How Soon Can You Remarry After Divorce?

remarriageQuestion:

I got divorced a little over a month ago. How long do I have to wait before I can remarry?

Answer:

I am not licensed to practice in your state and cannot provide you legal advice. However, I can give general tips regarding your situation based on the jurisdiction where I practice.

The answer to your question depends upon the laws in the state where your divorce was granted. Many states have statutory waiting periods that prevent a recently divorced person from remarrying within a certain number of days of the divorce being finalized.

Tulsa Divorce Attorney Colby C. Pearce
Tulsa Divorce Attorney Colby C. Pearce

For example, in Oklahoma where I am licensed to practice, a party to a divorce cannot remarry a person other than his or her spouse within six months of the date the divorce was entered. The purpose of this rule to provide a period of reconciliation for couples who have recently divorced.

If a person marries someone other than a former spouse within this six-month time frame, the marriage will be considered voidable and that person will have committed felony bigamy, which is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

That said, it is important to know the laws of your state as many states do not require a waiting period to remarry. Accordingly, I recommend you speak with a licensed attorney in your state in order to discuss your rights and options.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Oklahoma divorce lawyer Colby Pearce, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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