Pamela Anderson's Divorce Filing Shows the Importance of State Waiting Periods


Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from her husband Rick Salomon once again, according to Us Weekly. Anderson reportedly separated from Salomon on February 10 and filed divorce papers the following day.

Salomon is Anderson's third husband, but the couple has had a notoriously complicated relationship. Anderson and Salomon were first married in October 2007. They annulled the marriage two months later, but remarried in January 2014 in a secret ceremony. The rekindled romance was followed by Anderson filing for divorce on July 3, 2014. However, she changed her mind about going through with the proceedings and reconciled with Salomon a short time later.

Although Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon's case may seem unusual at first glance, it's actually not that uncommon for people to change their mind about filing for divorce. In fact, giving couples an opportunity to reconcile is one of the reasons that states have a waiting period before a divorce can be finalized. The waiting period forces everyone to fully consider the ramifications of the decision and ensures that couples aren't simply ending their marriage because of one particularly nasty argument.

In California, the person who filed for divorce can close the case by filing a Request for Dismissal (Form CIV-110) at any time before the divorce is finalized. If you and your spouse filed for a joint summary dissolution and the judgment is not final yet, either person is able to stop the case by filing a Notice of Revocation of Petition for Summary Dissolution (Form FL-830) with the court.

Unfortunately, once the divorce has been finalized, there's no way to withdraw the paperwork and change your marital status. If you and your spouse were to reconcile at this point, you'd need to remarry again. The same rules would apply to an annulment, since this ruling declares the previous marriage null and void.

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