Saturday, December 13, 2008

Texas Waiting Period for New Marriage After Divorce

Sometimes we are asked the question: “How long do I have to wait before I can remarry?” Despite the obvious question – “Why are you trying to remarry so soon after you just divorced?” Nevertheless, if you are not dissuaded by a recent divorce, (say, for example, your adulterous relationship has produced a child) here’s how it works: After your divorce, you are not permitted to remarry another person before the 31st day after the date the divorce was “decreed” (usually meaning the day the Decree was signed). The only proviso is that when “good cause” is shown (again perhaps the child example above) the court can waive the prohibition against remarriage if a record of the proceedings is made (in open court with a court reporter) or with “written findings of fact” prepared and signed by the Judge. The only exception is that the former spouses can remarry at any time.