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Court Will Not Allow Divorced Couple Who Reconciled to Undo Their Divorce

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A New Hampshire couple who divorced last year, but got back together, are not able to undo their divorce.


Terrie Harmon, a lawyer, and her ex-husband, Thomas McCarron, were married for 24 years before divorcing in 2014. According to the Associated Press, the couple reconciled, and filed a joint motion to vacate the divorce decree in March of this year. Harmon tried arguing that the divorce was erroneous, but the state’s Supreme Court decided otherwise, in a unanimous ruling.

While some states, such as Illinois, Nebraska and Maryland allow divorces to be overturned within a specific time frame or under certain circumstances, others, like New Hampshire, have no statutory authority to do so. “Divorce is a uniquely fraught area of litigation,” Attorney Joshua Gordon said. “For divorced couples, it is often important to have the solace of knowing that their former spouse is indeed former.” He stated that this kind of argument could “jeopardize the finality of all divorces.”


In regards to the question of the couple just remarrying instead of trying to undo the decree, Gordon stated, “I think it was partly sentimental, and partly that they had some business interests that a divorce and remarry would be more complicated than undoing the divorce.”

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The business interests things makes more sense. I was baffled as to why they’d go to the trouble and expense of arguing something up to the state Supreme Court instead of just getting remarried.