Japan Revises Remarriage Law

Japan Revises Remarriage LawJapan Revises Remarriage Law

The Japanese government approved a bill Tuesday shortening the waiting period for remarriage imposed on women after a divorce to 100 days from the current six months.

The bill effectively removes the waiting period for most women by providing an exemption for those with a doctor’s certificate showing they were not pregnant at the time of their divorce, Japan Today reported.

The current century-old ban is aimed at limiting uncertainty over the paternity of children conceived shortly before or after a divorce. Men may remarry immediately.

The Supreme Court ruled the length of the ban unconstitutional in December, calling it an “excessive restriction” on the freedom of marriage and recommending a 100-day waiting period in light of modern advances in determining paternity.