The Justice Ministry in Japan is considering allowing women to remarry immediately after their divorce is finalized, if they can medically prove they were not pregnant at the time they separated, ministry sources said Friday.
Japan’s Civil Code has a century-old rule that prohibits women from remarrying for six months to avoid confusion over the paternity of children conceived shortly before or after a divorce. But the ministry is seeking to ease the restrictions following a top court ruling in December that concluded that the six-month ban is unconstitutional.
Under the envisioned revision, the ministry is considering shortening the period of the ban to 100 days from the current 180 days. Women with a doctor’s certificate proving that they were not pregnant at the time of their divorce, however, will be exempt.