You may have gotten married in a church or another religious building – do you also need to go through a religious ceremony to solidify your divorce? The answer depends on your religion, your plans to remarry, and your personal beliefs.
When we talk about marriage, we are really talking about two different types of acts – marriage under federal and state law and marriage under religious law (if applicable). When you were married, you may have both been legally married (with paperwork from the courthouse) and married in a religious ceremony (with the help of a religious figure, such as a priest or rabbi). Divorce works the same way: you can get divorced through the court system, but you may also want to divorce with the help of your religious institution.
While many forms of Christianity do not require a religious divorce, some offer divorce rituals or proceedings. Two of the most common religions that sometimes require a religious aspect to divorce are Judaism and Catholicism. While there may not be any serious repressions for not seeking a religious divorce in the secular world, those who do not seek a religious divorce in these faiths may have difficulty remarrying within their church or temple or having a healthy spiritual life.
At the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny, we help couples of all faiths navigate the legal aspects of their Washington State divorce. Call one of our Seattle divorce lawyers today to learn more.