Marriage after Divorce: The Rules in Texas


Marriage after Divorce: The Rules in Texas

Divorce is a difficult transition that marks the end of a marriage, and the divorce process can take a considerable amount of time. Some people find that they are ready to embark on a new beginning post-divorce – and sometimes this translates to a new marriage. It is important to recognize, however, that the State of Texas has rules on the matter with which you should acquaint yourself.

30-Day Waiting Period

In Texas – as in every other state – you must be single to marry, and in Texas, you must wait at least 30 days after your divorce is finalized before you can obtain a marriage license. Having a copy of your divorce decree with you – to verify your marital status – is well advised. Additionally, all couples (except some active-duty military members) face a 72-hour wait after obtaining a marriage license before a ceremony can take place.

Additional Considerations

In addition to the time constraints, there are other considerations that should be carefully attended to.

Tying up Loose Financial Ends

In order to avoid future complications, you and your ex should go through your financials and make sure that you have removed each other from those accounts that you need to do so. In other words, change your beneficiaries, modify your mortgage appropriately, and take care of your joint credit card accounts.

The Matter of Alimony

If you were awarded alimony (called spousal maintenance in Texas) upon divorce, it is important to consider the ramifications that remarriage could have for you. Generally, alimony ends when the recipient remarries or moves in with a romantic partner, which means that – with remarriage – you would forego your alimony. Often, alimony is intended to help the recipient get the training and/or education he or she needs to become financially independent, and if you remarry, it means letting this opportunity slip away.

Your Readiness

Divorce is a significant legal event, but it is an even more significant emotional event. In determining your readiness to remarry, consider the following:

  • Often, children are hit the hardest by divorce. By factoring in your children’s feelings, you may decide that hitting pause on remarriage is a good idea.

  • It is also important to think about your own emotional readiness. Share your feelings with a trusted friend, loved one, or counselor and make your decisions based on what is best for you and your children.

  • Finally, if you are ready to pull the trigger on remarriage, now is a good time to consider a prenuptial agreement, which can be especially important in a second marriage (especially a second marriage that involves children).

Do Not Wait to Consult with an Experienced Killeen Divorce Attorney

If you are considering marriage soon after a divorce, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard is a dedicated divorce attorney – proudly serving Killeen, Texas – who is well acquainted with the complexities of your situation and has the compassion and legal insight to help. For more information about how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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