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How does a divorce affect your marital status?
A divorce decree has one of three possible effects:
In some States, divorce immediately returns your status to that of a single person, without restriction as to remarriage;
In other States, while you are no longer a husband or wife after the judgment of divorce, State law or the divorce decree prohibits you from remarrying for a certain period; e.g., during a stated waiting period; or
In still other States, the dissolution of your marriage is postponed for a stated period following the judgment of divorce. Sometimes, the parties to the divorce or the court must take additional action to make a divorce final and thereby dissolve the marriage.
Last Revised: March, 2001
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- Establishing Termination of Marriage
- When Evidence of Termination of Prior Marriage is Required
- When do spouse's and divorced spouse's insurance benefits end?
- Common-Law Marriage
- Termination of Child's Insurance Benefits
- Stepchild-Stepparent Relationship
- Recipient Reporting Requirements
- Waiting Period
- Spouse Defined
- Effect of Remarriage-Widow(er)'s Benefits
- Entitlement of a Surviving Divorced Wife or Husband
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