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Can you marry someone after divorcing him or her?

You ask for a divorce after 10 years of marriage. You get it. Three years later, you decide you want to get married again -- to the same person. Can the two of you tie the knot a second time?

You can. Legally speaking, there is nothing stopping you from getting married again. It is important to note that, to officially be married, you still do need to follow all of the proper steps so that the state recognizes the marriage. You cannot just decide that you're back together on your own, or it may not hold up when you need it, such as when one person passes away and assets would go to a spouse.

Getting married again is actually more common than you may realize, and one expert said that the main reason he saw for these second marriages was just that people felt like the original divorce was a mistake. One couple was together for more than a decade and had a pair of children, and they wanted to reunite their family.

If you're considering this, you may also want to look at the divorce rate for second marriages in the United States. It's a full 60 to 67 percent, higher than first marriages. It goes up again for third marriages, reaching 73 to 74 percent. So, while you can get back together, just know that the statistical odds that you'll get divorced a second time are even higher than they were the first time around.

In a complex situation like this, make sure you fully understand all of your legal rights.

Source: Huffington Post, "How To Re-marry The Person You Divorced," Mort Fertel, accessed May 18, 2018

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