Unfortunately, yes, you have to start over. (I tried to get my colleagues in the Legislature to change this, but I couldn't get it through for partisan reasons.) You have to file a new case for divorce, but if the Decree of Separate Maintenance was properly drafted, there will be little else for you to do but to terminate the marriage relationship. If the Decree wasn't drafted well, then you may have some other things to resolve. But the fact that you have a decree will help make this a relatively easy process. I'd suggest you hire a lawyer to help. That will make it even easier for you.
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