2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
September 29, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Duchow, Sinicki, Novak,
Berceau, Crowley, Felzkowski, Kitchens, Kooyenga, Loudenbeck and
Tranel, cosponsored by Senator Ringhand. Referred to Committee on Family
1An Act to repeal
765.03 (2), 765.09 (1) (b) and 765.21 (2); to renumber
(1) and 765.09 (1) (a); to consolidate, renumber and amend
765.21 (intro.) 3
and (1); and to amend
765.03 (title) and 767.35 (3) of the statutes; relating to:
4waiting period for marriage after divorce judgment.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill eliminates the prohibition against a person marrying for six months
after the grant of that person's judgment of divorce. Under current law, a person who
was married and party to a divorce action in this or another state may not marry
again until six months after a judgment of divorce is granted. This bill eliminates
the waiting period.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
765.03 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Who shall not marry
; divorced persons.
765.03 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 765.03.
765.03 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
765.09 (1) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 765.09 (1).
765.09 (1) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
765.21 (intro.) and (1) of the statutes are consolidated, renumbered 4
765.21 and amended to read:
5765.21 Unlawful marriages void; validation.
All marriages hereafter 6
contracted in violation of ss. 765.02, 765.03, 765.04 and 765.16 shall be void, except 7
as provided in ss. 765.22 and 765.23. The parties to any such marriage may validate 8
the marriage by complying with the requirements of ss. 765.02 to 765.24
9(1) At at
any time, if the marriage is declared void under s. 765.02 or 765.16.
765.21 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
767.35 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
767.35 (3) When divorce judgment effective.
A judgment of divorce is 13
effective when granted. A court granting a judgment of divorce shall inform the
14parties appearing in court that the judgment is effective when granted but that it is
15unlawful under s. 765.03 (2) for a party to marry again until 6 months after the
16judgment is granted