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"You've got an old-fashioned idea divorce is something that lasts forever, 'til death do us part.' Why, divorce doesn't mean anything nowadays, Hildy, just a few words mumbled over you by a judge."
Walter Burns, His Girl Friday

Alice and Bob's relationship went sour, to say the very least. Maybe they absolutely hate each others' guts, now. Maybe they bicker over custody of their kids. Maybe they separated amicably. Whatever the reason, the papers are signed, bam. Done. Finito.

Of course, the plotline doesn't let them stay separate for long. Anything from their meddling kids to an Apocalypse How will force them together again — by coincidence, happenstance, or old feelings simply being rekindled. Whatever it is, however messy the split-up was, it's all undone by the end of the story.

This trope is integral to the "Comedy of Remarriage", a subgenre of the American romantic comedies that came out of the 1930s, where protagonists divorce, flirt with strangers (without running into the problems associated with adultery since they're divorced), and realize they should get back together.

See also First Father Wins for the fate of anyone new the mom dates post-divorce. Often brought about by a 'Parent Trap' Plot. Often a result of Status Quo Is God. Compare Relationship-Salvaging Disaster.

As this is an ending trope, Unmarked Spoilers Ahead!


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Banana Fish sees the divorced Max and Jessica hook up again at the end of the series. They weren't presented as being Amicable Exes, and were even fighting for custody over their son Michael when the series began. Working together to help Ash and Eiji made them realise they still had feelings for each other.
  • In Ojamajo Doremi, Aiko's parents divorced before the series began. They get back together at the end of the final season (four years in-series).
  • In the penultimate episode of Digimon Adventure 02, MaloMyotismon trapped the 2nd gen Digidestined (except Davis) in their own fantasy worlds, with T.K's being a meal where his estranged familynote  is together again. Needless to say, he's really furious with MaloMyotismon after realizing he's trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine.

    Comic Books 
  • The Flash: Implied. Ashley and Hunter Zolomon's marriage ended on the worst of terms. Hunter predicted that a suspect wouldn't have a gun, and thus urged his team to make the arrest without waiting for backup. He turned out to be wrong, and the killer shot him in the knee, crippling him, before gunning down his father-in-law; in response, Ashley filed for divorce and he was let go from the FBI. When Ashley later learns of Hunter's transformation into Zoom, she doesn't hesitate to leave her entire career at the FBI behind to come to Keystone City to take over his former spot as the local metahuman profiler to help reform him. She makes it clear that she still loves him and feels guilty for not being there for him, feeling that he would never have become Zoom had she not left him. Though not stated, it's implied that she plans to get back together with Hunter once she reforms him.
  • The Golden Age: Johnny Chambers considers retying the knot with his ex-wife Libby Lawrence near the end of the story.
  • Spider-Man: Peter Parker's and Mary Jane Watson's marriage was retconned out of existence in the infamous One More Day storyline. Ten years later (in real time), they finally got back together in The Amazing Spider-Man (2018), when Nick Spencer began his run on the title. In issue #29 of the volume, Peter is forced to miss seeing MJ off on her flight to LA. She assures him over video chat that it's fine, but it's revealed to the audience that he was planning on re-proposing to her had he been there. He tells himself "Maybe some other day", suggesting that the two may have their marriage restored sometime in the near future.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Ebott's Wake: It becomes clear fairly quickly that Toriel and Asgore are not going to stay apart forever.
    Toriel: It would have been madness for me to hold onto my anger for decades or centuries, or even longer, but if all we have now is a few more decades, then that is even worse.
  • In the Rise of the Guardians story Guardian of Light, Helen's adoptive parents, Bernadette and Lowell, split up when she and her siblings were younger. They are shown arguing at the beginning of the story, but when the kids apparently go missing, the couple put aside their differences in order to find them. This makes them realize that they can't even remember what they started fighting about in the first place, and they're back together by the end of the fic.
  • Pieter and Kyoko were headed this way in Nobody Dies before the reboot kicked in.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In both The Parent Trap (1961) and The Parent Trap (1998), the twins actively invoke this.
  • In Mr. Popper's Penguins the titular animal-owner seems to be rekindling his relationship with his ex-wife and the mother of his children as a result of the animals' humanizing influence.
  • What a Girl Wants plays this with Libby and Henry. Apparently nearly twenty years of estrangement can be fixed with one magical evening at the ball. Justified in that the split was due to a lie of Henry's Evil Mentor rather than any actual problems between the two, and once said mentor is out of the picture they can try again without his interference.
  • In Liar Liar, Fletcher and Audrey get back together in the final scene. They of course ask their son if he made another birthday wish to cause it (he denies it, but it's unclear if he was being truthful). In this example, Fletcher at least underwent a massive personality change.
  • Troop Beverly Hills ends with Fred seeing Phyllis's dedication to the scout troop, and realized she was not so "flighty" after all.
  • Intentionally subverted with Mrs. Doubtfire. The executives wanted a happy ending, but the writers felt it would be a disservice to real children with divorced parents and pulled a Writer Revolt: the parents do somewhat come to terms with each other but remain divorced. The film even ends with a voiceover stating that sometimes divorced parents get back together... but sometimes divorce is really the best option for everyone involved.
  • Romantic Comedy + divorcing couple = Phffft!! Nina (Judy Holliday) and Robert (Jack Lemmon) get divorced at the beginning of the film after eight years together, but their post-divorce relationships never really get off the ground, not least as they keep running into each other and are forced to acknowledge that they are still in love. At the end of the film, they remarry.
  • Taken to extremes in The Marrying Man where a guy marries the same woman four times.
  • In Outbreak Daniels and Robby start the film divorced but end it reconciled.
  • In The Day After Tomorrow Jack and Lucy Hall start the film divorced but end it moving toward reconciliation after Jack risks his life to rescue their son from frozen New York.
  • In Independence Day, David realizes the aliens are planning to attack. He enlists his father to drive him from New York City to Washington, DC so he can warn the president. David's ex-wife Constance happens to be the president's aide. By the end of the film, David is a hero who's helped saved the world, and he and Connie are on the road to reconciliation.
  • In Armageddon (1998), Charles "Chick" Chapple (Will Patton) is legally barred from being around his ex-wife and son whom he hasn't seen in a really long time. After learning of his part-taking in saving the world, she seems to forgive his former grievances and give their relationship another try upon his returning home.
  • The hero of 2012 and his wife also reconcile, due to her Love Interest failing to survive just as they finally make it to safety.
  • Deliberately averted in Definitely, Maybe. Maya clearly wants her parents to get back together. But when her father tells her the whole story of their relationship (and all of the ancillary relationships around it), she realizes that adult relationships are complicated, and seems to accept that, while both of her parents love her, they don't want to be with each other. It's even implied that, by the end, she's rooting for her father to get together with April.
  • She's the Man has Viola's parents getting back together after the final soccer game, despite spending years apart.
  • The ending of Crazy, Stupid, Love implies that Cal and Emily may get back together, or at least stay good friends. What makes this complicated (and is unaddressed at the end) is that Emily may or may not still be dating the guy with whom she cheated on Cal in the first placenote  and Cal having had nine one-night stands.
  • Played with in The Other Woman (2009). Emilia's parents wind up together again. She and Jack might. Much to William's dismay, this doesn't happen with his birth parents when Jack and Emilia split.
  • Zig-zagged in Enchanted. Robert and and his wife divorced before the movie and show no signs of hooking back up again. This is one of the reasons he worries so much about his daughter having fairy tale-esque expectations from the world and getting disappointed. Later in the movie though, Giselle runs into a couple in the middle of a divorce who hired Robert. Giselle compliments the wife's beautiful eyes, which gets the couple to remember what they loved about each other to begin with, prompting them to call off the divorce and causing Robert to realize that fairy tale things can sometimes happen in real life.
  • In National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, apparently all Ben's parents needed after thirty-two years of divorce and hating each other was one last treasure hunt adventure to reignite their spark.
  • Midnight plays with this in true screwball form. Due to an elaborate lie, Eve pretends to be married to Tibor, but eventually needs a divorce. She gets her divorce for about 10 minutes until the judge finds out Tibor is insane (he's only pretending to be crazy), and a wife can't divorce a crazy husband.
  • In Three Smart Girls the titular daughters are not given a moment's pause by the thought that their father and mother have been divorced for ten years. When they hear that the father is getting remarried, they immediately spring into action to break up dad's new romance and get their parents back together.
  • Smart Women: A pre-Code film in which a woman comes home from a trip to Europe and finds that her husband is now engaged to another woman. She mounts an Operation: Jealousy campaign to get her husband back.
  • The Tattered Dress: James and Diane Blane are separated and seemingly on their way to divorce when he takes on the case. By the end they’ve reunited, and it’s implied he’ll actually be faithful this time.

  • In All Dressed in White, Walter and Sandra divorced a few years ago due to their grief over their daughter's disappearance. However, it's clear they're still in love and they struggle to get used to the idea of being each other's ex spouse. Walter is emphatic in how much he regrets being such a distant father and not supporting Sandra when Amanda went missing. A month after the mystery of what happened to Amanda has been solved, Laurie observes that they were holding hands the whole night and she believes they will get back together.
  • Chocoholic Mysteries: Richard Godfrey divorced his first wife Dina, married Lee, then she divorced him. After Lee's blowup at him in Cat Caper, Bear Burglary reveals that she really shook him up with her words; as a result, he ends up reconnecting with Dina, and by the end of that book they've remarried.
  • In Doctor Sally by P. G. Wodehouse, Lord "Squiffy" Tidmouth and his first wife Lottie get back together after each has married one or more other people in between.
  • Judy Blume often subverts this in her novels. They are known for being painfully realistic, not to mention highly controversial.
  • Averted in Dear Mr. Henshaw. Even though Leigh desperately wants his parents to get back together, and there are still feelings on both sides of the spectrum, his mom refuses, because she knows it will only end the same way — that is, badly.
  • In Tana French's Faithful Place, Detective Frank Mackey's daughter Holly has yet to give up on the notion of her parents getting back together, despite the fact that Frank's ex-wife Olivia is seeing other people. The book ends with them deciding to give it another go, though it's open-ended in that neither of them knows whether it will work. By The Secret Place, a later book in the series which features Holly again, they're doing well, but don't seem to have any intention of remarrying.
  • In Murder With Peacocks Meg's mom and dad had "the world's most amicable divorce" and, after an aborted remarriage on her mom's part, her parents decided not to waste the wedding and retie the knot then and there.
  • Monster of the Month Club: Subverted in book 4. Rilla would love to see her parents back together, but Sparrow tells her that that isn't going to happen, because they've just grown apart and because Rilla's father is already seeing someone back in Oregon.

    Live Action TV 
  • Arrow: John Diggle and Lyla Michaels were married until their relationship fell apart, since they couldn't adapt to a civilian life. They remarry in Season 3.
  • The Odd Couple (1970): One of the premises of the Neil Simon comedy was that both male leads — Felix Unger and Oscar Madison — were divorced. While Oscar continued to have a stormy relationship with his ex, for Felix (at least in the TV adaptation), his divorce from ex-wife Gloria was temporary, and the two were re-married in the series' finale, aptly titled "Felix Remarries."
  • Walt and Skyler in Breaking Bad, when she initially attempts to divorce Walt after learning he cooks crystal meth, she couldn't follow through it and joins Walt's criminal goings. Later they permanently split up after Hank's death and Walt goes on the run, although they didn't officially divorce.
  • Jake Peralta's parents Roger and Karen Peralta in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Although they divorced due to Roger being extremely unfaithful, he eventually grows out of it and helps Karen when she was sick, and as Roger complies with Jake's request to leave them before he falls into his old ways, Jake relents and allows them to get together once Roger said he has changed for good.
  • Zigzagged with Aria's parents on Pretty Little Liars. They separated, got back together, divorced, then remarried. Subverted, however, with Hanna's divorced parents, who temporarily reunited before ending their relationship for good.
  • Subverted on The Wire. Throughout seasons 1 and 2 Jimmy McNulty tries to reconcile with his wife while they're going through the divorce process and get them back together, and in one episode they do have a passionate one night stand. He makes the mistake of thinking they're back together but she insists that it was just a one time thing and they can never get back together because all the things that drove them apart, (especially McNulty's binge drinking, womanizing, and being Married to the Job) haven't changed, and neither has the way he destroyed her trust by doing those things. They remain apart for the remainder of the series.
  • Entourage had a last season arc involving Ari and Mrs. Ari being separated, and eventually her asking for a divorce. Eventually Ari realizes that shock, it's not Ari himself that she wants the divorce from, but the fact he has become an absentee father and husband because of his career. When he finally figures it out, he ditches work and she takes him back.
  • In The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Amy's parents get back together for a while, but split up again. They're still good friends at the end of the series.
  • In 24, Tony and Michelle are divorced between Seasons 3 and 4 due to Tony's becoming an alcoholic after being sent to prison and losing his job over betraying CTU to save Michelle. After the events of Season 4, they're back together.
  • Married... with Children had a two-part episode where Al and Peg split up, with Al moving into an apartment near the airport. Peg manages to start dating the owner of a car dealership (played by Alan Thicke), but it ends when he makes it clear he fully expects her to do housework. By the end of part two, Al and Peg are back together.
  • Frasier:
    • Played with in Niles and Maris' marriage; they break up and get back together at least twice with Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other overtones, but this is retroactively depicted as a bad idea. It's acknowledged that Niles went back to Maris because of insecurity and self-delusion, and that they should have stayed broken up. When they divorce, they again threaten to backslide several times, but in the end it's for keeps.
    • Frasier and Lilith tend to play with this idea throughout the show, but nothing ever comes of it.
  • Despite Ross's many divorces becoming a Memetic Mutation in Friends, in the Series Finale, his third divorce with Rachel, whom he drunk-wed with in Las Vegas, is undone when Rachel tries to leave for Paris and Ross realizes he loved her all along. Soon after, both reaffirm their love for each other and pledge to outgrow the stupidity due to which they split up in the first place. Word of God said Ross and Rachel re-married a few weeks after the Series Finale.
  • The Sopranos pulls this without even getting to the divorce. Season 4 ends with a violent confrontation between Tony and Carmella and she insists that they separate. A season later he's Out-Gambitted her in the divorce proceedings because he's talked to most of the major divorce attorneys in town and the others won't take Carmella's case because of Tony's reputation. Later on he wins her back and they stay together for the rest of the series.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Asylum Of the Daleks" begins with Amy and Rory signing divorce papers but getting kidnapped by Daleks before they could file them. Later in the episode, Amy admits to Rory that she only broke up with him because she learned she could no longer have children and since she couldn't make him a father she decided that she should give him up so he could find someone who could. Rory insists that he doesn't care about any of that and he still loves her as much as he ever did. By the end of the episode they're back together and the divorce papers are forgotten.
  • In Desperate Housewives Gabrielle, Susan and Lynette divorced and remarried their husbands.
  • Full House: The bratty son of Danny's current girlfriend admits that the reason he's made so much trouble for the Tanner family is because he believes that his parents are going to reconcile and wants to ensure this by driving Danny away. For some reason, it's Danny rather than his own mother who gently explains that this is unlikely, but given that the woman later disappears without an explanation, the kid may have been right.
  • Baywatch: Mitch and his ex-wife Gail made several attempts at reconciling, nearly remarrying at one point.
  • In Carrusel, Carmen's parents separate for a short time, but they do get back together promptly afterwards. It is never stated whether the parents had even filed for divorce or not, though.
  • Frontier Circus: At the end of "The Smallest Target", Bonnie, the circus sharpshooter, leaves the circus to return to the husband and son she abandoned years before.
  • Murder, She Wrote: "See You in Court, Baby" opens with an ex-husband stealing his beloved Ferrari off his ex-wife and deliberately wrecking it. The episode ends with the ex-wife coming to pick him up when he is released from jail with a new Ferrari with a bow on its bonnet.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): As Jeri Hogarth's bitter divorce from Wendy drags on, she begins to suspect that Wendy is deliberately spreading it out because she hopes that the process will drive a wedge between Jeri and Pam, and that Jeri will come back to her afterwards. Jeri quickly dismisses the idea once she realizes what Wendy is up to and they never reconcile.
  • Mr. Belvedere: In the third season episode "Separation", George is out of work and Marsha is busy with law school. They have been spending little time together creating tension between the two. Soon fighting begins to erupt and Mr. Belvedere suggests that they try a marriage retreat but after a failed weekend at the retreat, they decide to separate, and George moves into an apartment. They get back together at the end of the episode.
  • The Orville looks set to play this trope like a pinball. Ed Mercer and Kelly Grayson were married, but his workaholic tendencies led to her cheating, and a very messy divorce and Mercer almost deep-sixing his career. Queue a year later when Mercer is given a captaincy due to a severe staff shortage, and the only available XO is Grayson! In the end of the pilot, they agree that working together is what's best for the ship, despite their still messy personal situation. In the first season finale they initially decide to pursue a relationship, but then after Grayson blows a mission and blames it on her being hung over from drinking with him, she backs out.
  • Scrubs Subverted. Dr. Cox is introduced having separated from his ex-wife Jordan but still sleeping with her. After about a season and a half they get back together officially when Jordan becomes pregnant and remain together for the rest of the series. In a later episode it's revealed that a legal mix-up means they were never actually divorced. This ends up ruining their relationship until he gets on one knee at the end of the episode and asks Jordan to divorce him. She happily accepts, and they have a divorce ceremony after which they seem quite happy for the rest of the series.
  • Unhappily Ever After: The show's original premise was that it was about Jack and Jenny getting a divorce, and this is how it was in Season One. But they got married again in Season Two, making many of the show's elements into The Artifact, including the title. In Season Five, Jenny left the show entirely, so that this time around, Jack was also a divorcer, but one who was no longer in the position of having to see his ex-wife on a regular basis.
  • CSI: Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle marry at the end of season 9, but have separated due to work-related stress on their relationship by the beginning of season 13. In the Grand Finale, Sara (seemingly) quits CSI to join him in his work for an anti-poaching NGO.
  • Knots Landing: Eight years after their second divorce, Gary and Valene married for the third time in the 300th episode "The Last One Out".
  • On Monk this was done (off-screen) as a way to put Sharona on a bus back to New Jersey after Bitty Schram left the series. Her one-episode return in Season 8 reveals that it didn't last.
  • Invoked but subverted in Everybody Loves Raymond. After Ray walks in on Debra's parents having sex, when Debra discovers this she is overjoyed, thinking that the two are going to remarry. As they explain to her, they've found themselves happier in their current "friends with benefits" style relationship, as it doesn't have the stress of their marriage which drove the two to divorce in the first place.
  • Law & Order: SVU: Detective Elliot Stabler and his wife Kathy go through this through Seasons 6 to 8. Elliot reveals to Olivia that Kathy has moved out in the middle of Season 6, she has filed divorce papers in Season 7’s “Raw”, Elliot drags his feet for an entire season, but signs them in Season 8’s “Burned”, but they attempt a reconciliation at the end of “Loophole”. The divorce was never actually filed, and the two were together by the beginning of Season 9. Even though Kathy threatens divorce again in Season 10’s “Wildlife”, all is forgiven by the succeeding episode.
  • Lucifer (2016):
    • Subverted with Chloe and her estranged husband Dan who become closer over the course of the first season. However, early in season 2, they both agree that they are Better as Friends and get a divorce.
    • Played straighter in season 5B when God Himself and his ex-wife, the Goddess of all Creation rekindle their relationship and travel together to another dimension forgiving each others of their past misdeeds (God casted her to Hell for causing plagues on humanity and she plotted to kill him in retribution). In that case, "temporary" is a few millennia.
  • The Brittas Empire: Whilst it's never stated if they actually divorced or not, husband and wife Michael T. Farrell and Laura have been separated for several years by the time of Michael's first appearance in Series 3 and Laura has taken to using her maiden name again. Nonetheless, when Michael goes broke in Series 4, Laura takes him back and by Series 5, they have rekindled their relationship enough that she's fallen pregnant, upon which they depart for America to raise a family together.

  • From The Bible: Some Bible students interpret God's "divorce" from His people Israel in Jeremiah chapter 3 (which contextually is talking about the northern kingdom of Israel, NOT Israel as a whole) as permanent, with the point-of-no-return being with their complete rejection of Jesus Christ and the destruction of the second Temple in 70 C.E. Other students, however, say that God's "divorce" of Israel is only temporary, as they point out from Paul's letter to the Romans that God is able to graft them back into the "cultivated tree" that they were broken off from while the Gentiles have been grafted in for the time being; this is part of what is called "dispensationalism".
  • Deuteronomy 24:1-4, on the other hand, specifically forbids a divorced woman to remarry her ex-husband if she married another man since the divorce.

  • At the beginning of Kiss Me, Kate, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi are divorced, having ended their marriage a year ago, and Lilli is planning to marry another man. By the end of the play they appear to have got back together.

    Visual Novel 
  • In My Magical Divorce Bureau, the protagonist tries to bring this about. Since the marriages weren't entered into properly, they have to be broken up, but the cases can end with the divorcees on reasonably friendly terms, and with the implication that they might eventually end up together by a better route than the first time.


    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
  • South Park:
    • An early episode played out this plot with Randy and Sharon Marsh. Within a few days, they break up, Randy moves out and Sharon remarries. By the end of the episode, Randy and Sharon are back together like nothing ever happened. The speed itself is what's Played for Laughs, since Sharon practically tells Stan about the divorce in the same sentence when she introduces his new stepfather, while Randy has already embraced a midlife-crisis style bachelor's lifestyle.
    • Same trope gets played with the same characters, albeit in more dramatic fashion, in season 15's "You're Getting Old" which features Randy and Sharon breaking up and moving into separate residences. The next episode sees them get back together, but this arguably deconstructs the trope as one scene has Sharon explain to Stan that sometimes people have to stick with what they know even if it makes them unhappy. It's obvious that this particular Reset Button deeply upsets Stan.
  • Gargoyles uses this trope with Oberon and Titania, but for immortals "temporary" can mean "1,001 years," during which time they both had relationships and children with other people. It's also implied that Titania had a lot of Character Development over that time, since Oberon's stated reason for the divorce was her immaturity and cruelty to mortals. Yes, Oberon said this.
  • The Weekenders showed Tino hoping for this with was the biggest reason for rejecting his mother's new boyfriend. He got over it after realizing that the new guy genuinely made his mom happy.
  • Justified in El Tigre. Maria only divorced Rodolfo in the first place because she couldn't put up with the stress of him constantly being in danger as a superhero. Word of God says that they eventually get back together post-series when he retires.
  • Beth Smith and Jerry Smith from Rick and Morty get a divorce in the Season 3 premiere but then reconcile and call it off in the season finale.

    Real Life 
  • Eddie Guerrero and his wife never got divorced, but they did separate for several years (during which time he had a daughter with another woman), then when they got back together they renewed their vows.
  • Happened with Ted DiBiase's parents, Helen Hild and Ted Wills (Ted's birth name is Ted Wills Jr.). They split up and Helen got into professional wrestling, where she met "Iron" Mike DiBiase. They married, they had a son and Mike adopted Helen's two sons from her previous marriages. Mike died in 1969, and Helen was so devastated her parents asked ex-husband Ted to come see her, leading to the two remarrying.
  • Richard Pryor remarried both Flynn Belaine and Jennifer Lee, staying with Lee the second time until his death.
  • After they got divorced, Joe DiMaggio started seeing Marilyn Monroe again, and was about to ask her to marry him again, but she died before that could happen.
  • Subverted with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. They got divorced, they remarried, then they got divorced again, for good.
  • In a somewhat extreme example, John and Alicia Nash first married in 1957 but divorced 6 years later due to his battle with schizophrenia. They later resumed their relationship in The '90s remarrying in 2001. Both were tragically killed in a car accident in 2015.
  • P!nk and Carey Hart separated for several months, but never finalized the divorce and eventually got back together and now have two children.
  • Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. They got married, then divorced, both married other people, then divorced them, remarried each other and remained together until Wood's death.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues married in 1987, divorced in 1992 and remarried in 1999.
  • Also subverted with George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst, who divorced after being married for five years, remarried after two years of divorce, and re-divorced after another five years of marriage.
  • Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill married in 1926, divorced in 1933, remarried in 1937 and remained together until his death in 1950.
  • Eminem and Kim Scott had a baby, got married, got divorced, got remarried, and got re-divorced, in that order.
  • Marie Osmond and Steve Craig married in 1982, divorced in 1985 and remarried in 2011. She even wore the same dress for both weddings.
  • NeNe Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and husband Gregg divorced in 2011 but remarried two years later.
  • Painter Jacques-Louis David married Marguerite Pécoul in 1782 and they had four children together. In 1793, during the French Revolution as a member of the National Convention, David voted for the execution of King Louis XVI, causing Marguerite to divorce him. However, when David was imprisoned between 1794 and 1795, she returned to him, they remarried in 1796, and remained together until his death in 1825.
  • Bobby Allison was married to his wife Judy from 1960-1996, when the deaths of their two sons, Clifford in 1992 from a racing accident at Michigan and Davey in 1993 from a helicopter accident at Talladega in 1993, combined with the dire financial situation of his racing team took their toll on the relationship. Four years later, the death of Adam Petty reconnected them, and they remarried and stayed together till her death in 2015.
  • Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman married in 1982 but in October 2012 they separated, but then reconciled in March 2013. They separated for a second time in March 2017, but said that they had no intent of filing for divorce. In 2019, Perlman said that she and Danny Devito have become closer friends after their separation.
  • Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera married in 1929, divorced in 1939, married again in 1940 and remained together until her death in 1954.

Alternative Title(s): Temporary Divorce, Comedy Of Remarriage