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Republican Bill Would Erase Re-marriage Wait For Divorcees

Duchow, Darling Draft Legislation That Would End Waiting Period

Sideview of Madison capitol building on spring day
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Two Republican state legislators are working on a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s waiting period before divorcees can get married again.

Under current state law, divorcees can’t get married to anyone in Wisconsin during the first six months after their divorce becomes final.

State Rep. Cindi Duchow and state Sen. Alberta Darling’s bill would eliminate the waiting period. They said in a news release Thursday that if legally single people want to re-marry after their divorces are finalized, the government shouldn’t stop them. They added that the waiting period discourages family unity and marriage.

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