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How Long After a Divorce Should You Remarry in New York? │ Heidi Opinsky Law

You Should Remarry After Taking Certain Factors into Consideration

Going through a divorce can be extremely traumatizing, and needless to say, many people struggle with difficulty trusting and hoping for a better future after going through the scrutinizing legal divorce process. However, many people have a much better experience when they set their anxiety aside and decide to give marriage another go—with all the lessons they have learned well in mind.

Statistics reveal that almost 60% of divorced individuals over the age of 55 have gotten remarried, and 42% of 18–35-year-olds have gotten remarried after their first divorce. (1)  In a lot of cases, individuals take a year or two to heal and process their experiences before considering tying the knot again.

Is There a Required Waiting Period After Divorce in New York?

Back in the 1900s, some states required you to wait for a full year before you could remarry again. However, nowadays, there is no requirement to wait for marriage once the divorce has been finalized. As long as you have your divorce finalized by a judge and the final decree of divorce has been signed, then you are allowed to remarry whenever you feel ready. Once a marriage license is obtained, you will have to wait 24 hours before the wedding ceremony can take place, unless a judicial waiver is granted.

Tips You Should Keep in Mind When Remarrying After a Divorce in NY

Since you have already been through the divorce process once, the last thing you would want is to have a similar experience in the future. To ensure you maximize your chances of a happy new life when you get remarried, you should keep the following three tips in mind.

1. Speak to a Therapist

The emotional baggage you carry from your first experience needs to be addressed and dealt with before you can move on to a new and more beautiful chapter in your life. A trained therapist can help you work through your feelings and can help you establish the confidence and optimism you need to sustain a long-term relationship after your first unpleasant experience.

Ideally, you should start seeking therapy during the divorce process to help regulate your emotions and minimize the negative impact of the divorce on your mental health.

2. Don’t Take it Too Fast

Aside from getting therapy, you should also make sure you don’t make any permanent decisions too fast, or you don’t jump into the next venture headfirst without thinking through everything clearly. It is natural for you to feel lonely after divorce, but you should never let your loneliness push you to make a decision you are not ready for yet.

Take your time to get to know the other person and make sure you both are compatible in the ways that matter most. If you have children, you should also try and keep their best interests in mind and wait until the best time to introduce them to your new partner.

3. Talk to a Qualified Attorney

Once you have obtained your therapy and you have taken all the time you need to find your new partner and make a final decision, you should proceed with speaking to an attorney. It may seem counterintuitive to speak to a lawyer before marriage, but this is a smart move to make, especially considering everything you have already endured in the past.

Your attorney will advise you on creating a prenuptial agreement and can help you with understanding alimony and child support now that you are starting a new family.

Reach Out to a Qualified Family Law Attorney Today

When you finally make the exciting decision to get remarried after a divorce, you need to make sure you take the right steps, so you don’t repeat old mistakes. By seeking therapy, taking it slow, and connecting with an attorney, you can help ensure this next chapter of your life is a much happier one.

Contact family lawyer, Heidi Opinsky, at the Law Offices of Heidi Opinsky, LLC, today to get help with your family law case.

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1. https://www.bikellaw.com/blog/9/remarriage-after-divorce-what-are-your-odds/