Japanese Waiting Period for Remarriage

Many will be surprised to learn that Japan imposes a waiting period on women seeking to remarry. As a general rule, a woman must wait 100 days from the effective date of her divorce before remarrying. This waiting period is meant to make it easier to identify the father in the event a woman has a child soon after divorce, but there are a few exceptions.

A woman may remarry immediately:

– if she can prove, through a note by her doctor or otherwise, that she was not pregnant on the effective date of her divorce;

– after she gives birth to a child during the waiting period; or

– if she is remarrying her former spouse.

This waiting period can lead to visa problems for divorced women seeking to remarry in Japan close to their visa expiration date. Please contact us at Jackson Sogo to discuss how we can help you through this process.

* Jackson Sogo (www.jacksonsogo.com) is a Japanese gyoseishoshi law office offering a wide range of Japanese corporate, immigration, employment, labor, and family law services to clients in native English. This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Copyright Jackson Sogo. All rights reserved.