18 months ago I wrote a talaq on a piece of paper as follows:"due to a breakdown in our marriage on the grounds of incompatibility, and by mutual agreement, i (name) hereby proclaim one talaq upon you (name). The terms for reconciliation shall be according to islamic shariah. If in this time we are able to reconcile our differences, then there shall be no sin upon us to come back together as husband and wife. After this period, the talaq shall become irrevocable". Question is could I re-marry my ex-wife now given that I have given only one talaq and it has been 18 months since, but I did use the word irrevocable?
Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)
The Talaq that you are referring to is called Talaq Ba'in (irrevocable divorce). The ruling is that the wife must observe the waiting period (Iddah) immediately. Thereafter, if both wish to reconcile, they may do so by having a new Nikah contracted after it. However, you must remember that in future you will only possess two more divorces. If you was to ever divorce your wife two more times, then the marriage will be over.