Getting Remarried: Legal Requirements and Documents You'll Need

If this isn't your first time walking down the aisle, here are all the legal loose ends you'll need to tie up before obtaining a new marriage license

Updated 06/10/18

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Wondering how to get remarried, legally? Just like the first time around, getting remarried is going to necessitate a visit to the county clerk for your marriage certificate. Remarriage, however, is a little more involved with it comes to paperwork and documents.

For any marriage, both parties need to be present at the time of application. You'll both need the following:

• Government-issued photo I.D. (usually a driver's license or passport).
• Information regarding your parents, including birth dates, birth names, birth places, and dates of passing, if applicable.

Note: No actual proof of these items regarding your parents is needed, but it still needs to be accurate. Any mistakes on a marriage license application could render the application invalid.

Additional documents are required for remarriage. Read on to learn about the additional items you'll need if you're getting remarried after a divorce or the death of a spouse.

Remarriage After Divorce

Do you need divorce papers to remarry? Yes. You'll need to present your divorce decree or certificate of dissolution from your previous marriage. If you no longer have a copy, your lawyer can order you another one. Or, if you represented yourself, you can obtain it yourself from the court. Be prepared to provide the exact date of your divorce, as well as the state or country where the 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!

Remarriage After the Death of a Spouse

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.

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