Legal Requirements for Getting Remarried

Planning Tips

There are many legal requirements and processes couples need to go through before tying the knot. But if you're getting remarried, then there are a few more hoops to jump through prior to walking down the aisle. Here, exactly what you need to present to your local city clerk before obtaining your marriage license.

As much as wedding planning should be fun for you and your husband-to-be there are a few pesky logistical things you need to sort out. More specifically legal items, like obtaining your marriage license, are an absolute necessity when it comes to getting married. But if you're tying the knot for the second, third, or fourth time, there's an added step to getting everything squared out with your hometown.

First and foremost, when you apply for a marriage license to remarry, you'll need to present your divorce decree or certificate of dissolution from your previous marriage. If you're a widow or widower, you'll need to present your former spouse's death certificate to prove they're no longer living. For any documents you bring to your local city hall, you'll also need the exact dates of your divorce (or if your a widow/widower, death). You'll also need to provide the state or country where this divorce was decreed, the exact grounds for divorce, and whether the former Mr. or Mrs. is still alive. It sounds morbid, but in order to ensure your union is a legal one, your local government will need to be absolutely sure that you're no longer married to your former partner. Once that's done, you're all set to get remarried!

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