Thursday, December 31, 2020

Remarrying after only secular divorce

 Igros Moshe (Y.D. 02:044):A Jewish couple received a civil divorce 2 years ago but never got a religious divorce. Now they have reconciled, and must remarry according to secular law to be considered married but they find it degrading to go to the local city judge and they simply want to make a religious ceremony even though according to halacha they are still married and thus there are no berachos. It is correct in my humble opinion not to have any wedding at all so that it won’t be said that they had been divorced also by Jewish law by the secular divorce.  However it is possible to fill out a marriage license and have it witnessed and signed because this will not cause people to view secular divorce as having religious consequences. It is also proper and helpful to say that they are getting remarried.

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