Divorce Court and Divorce Law Nix Reconciliation – Sort Of

New Hampshire Husband and Wife have been married for 24 years.

They separate and then divorce.

Nothing out of the ordinary so far.

After a little time goes by though, they patch things up and want to carry on as though the divorce had never happened.

So they ask the family court that divorced them to set aside or void their divorce.

Sounds reasonable enough, right?

But the New Hampshire family court declines to do so.

Well, the couple escalates their campaign to, in effect, reinstate their marriage, all the way up the appeals “ladder” to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

And guess what?

That court turns the couple down cold as well.

What gives?

Well, as anti-family values as this may seem, there is a sound legal basis for these rulings.

The state’s family court is authorized by law to grant divorces.

There is no such explicit statutory authorization to void divorces, unless a divorce was inherently invalid or defective.

Here, the couple basically just changed its mind after the fact. Their divorce was perfectly fine and legal at the time it was entered.

So, cold as it may seem, their divorce stands.

Of course, nothing stops Husband and Wife from tying the knot all over again. Might even be romantic, at least some would say.

Interestingly, a handful of states might have accommodated Husband’s and Wife’s request, if they had happened to live in one of those states.

Read more in this Bloomington [IN] Herald Times article: Can a divorce be reversed? New Hampshire court says no .