Sometimes, after a divorce has been finalized, former spouses realize that they want to try marriage again. Although this isn’t a typical outcome after a divorce, it’s more common than you might think. 

Spouses who are considering reunification have some serious matters to consider, especially before making the choice to remarry. 

Think About the Big Picture

When two former spouses consider getting back together, there are some steps they can take to maximize the success of the relationship. This will help them to avoid further time and money spent on a second divorce. 

Consider the Reasons for the Divorce

Former spouses who are considering remarriage should think about the factors that led to their initial divorce. If the contributing factors haven’t changed, a second marriage has a high chance of resulting in the same outcome. 

If the factors have changed significantly, both spouses should explore whether they believe there’s a likelihood of lasting reconciliation. 

Reuniting with a former spouse is often an emotional decision. Before filling out a new marriage license, former spouses should pause to educate themselves on the lasting legal consequences that remarriage could have. 

When a divorce agreement is finalized, a huge number of legal issues are resolved. Your divorce agreement likely settled issues like:

When you remarry a former spouse and have a marital dissolution agreement, you don’t start with a blank slate. Some of the agreements stay in place even after remarriage. Others change – and that change can come with significant consequences if a second divorce occurs. 

Some Divorce Agreements Remain in Place

Every marriage looks different, which means the specifics of a divorce agreement will also vary. For example, it’s common in divorce proceedings to waive inheritance rights. This means that if your former spouse receives an inheritance, you are no longer entitled to receive a portion of it. 

When two former spouses remarry, inheritance rights are not automatically reinstated. There’s a separate legal process you’ll need to undergo to have inheritance rights reapplied after a second marriage to the same spouse. 

Big Changes in Custody and Alimony 

Custody, child support, and alimony are three of the most important issues determined by a divorce agreement. They’re also the most contentious. After all, they are the most common reasons why divorcing couples end up in court rather than reaching a mutually agreed-upon settlement outside of the courtroom. 

When children are involved, remarriage to a former spouse leads to big changes that can’t be undone. Any pre-existing custody agreements are dissolved when spouses remarry and move back in together. 

If a second divorce happens, the previous child custody agreement is not typically considered. Instead, if the parents cannot agree on a new custody division, a judge will give weight to the current division of parenting responsibilities. 

Money Matters

Child support and alimony payments can come with even bigger consequences. When former spouses remarry and join households, the obligation to make support payments is lifted. If the second marriage lasts, this may not be a problem. 

However, if the second marriage also ends, new child support and alimony obligations will be arranged. As with custody, new payments will not consider the previous agreement but instead will be determined by the financial obligations as they exist under the second marriage. 

This can have some serious financial consequences, as a spouse accustomed to a certain financial contribution can find themselves left with a much smaller amount of support money after a short second marriage. 

The Decision to Get Back Together with a Former Spouse

Marriage is a big decision – and a second marriage to a former spouse is an even bigger one. Start by speaking with your divorce attorney. Understanding the potential long-term consequences for issues like finances and child custody will help you make informed decisions for long-term success. 

To learn more, call Arons & Solomon, P.A. at (201) 487-1199 or visit our contact us page to send us an email.