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Couple Denied Appeal to Overturn Their Divorce

Terrie Harmon and her ex-husband, Thomas McCarron, filed an unusual appeal--they wanted to vacate their divorce because they are a couple once again. Unfortunately, New Hampshire's Supreme Court refused to vacate the New Castle couple's 2014 divorce after 24 years of marriage.

The unanimous ruling was issued on Dec. 2. It said that the law specifically allows them to grant divorces, but not to undo them. Although states such as Illinois, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nebraska, Maryland and Kentucky will vacate divorces if they are appealed within a certain time frame.

While New York, South Dakota and New Hampshire have no statutory authority to undo a divorce. Attorney Joshua Gordon, appointed to defend the lower court's ruling, said, "Divorce is a uniquely fraught area of litigation. For divorced couples, it is often important to have the solace of knowing that their former spouse is indeed former."

Harmon and McCarron were married in 1989 and filed for divorce in January 2014. The divorce was finalized in July 2014. They then filed a joint motion to vacate the decree in March 2015.

Harmon, a lawyer, argued that the couple shouldn't have to show the decree was legally flawed if they reconcile. Attorney Kysa Crusco, head of the family law section of the New Hampshire Bar Association, said, "People just have to be cautious in making sure divorce is what they really want."

Photo: New Boston Post

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