Ex told me he filed for divorce and it was over but he never did.

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Ex told me he filed for divorce and it was over but he never did.

My ex was emotionally abusive and
manipulative, he forced me to believe
and get married to him when I was 18, I
didn’t want to but in 2005 we were
married. We never lived together and
never saw each other after that day, he
told me a few days later that he
finally granted my wish and filed for
divorce and it was over. We never spoke
again, and stupidly I believed him, in
2010 I got remarried. I had no issues
getting married, than in 2012 my ex
tried to contact me again, and told me
he never filed for divorce he didn’t
want to. After he told me he did, I
would have never remarried if I knew,
now I don’t know what to do, I haven’t
done anything yet, because I’m
terrified of going to jail.

Asked on July 31, 2016 under Family Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You don't need to worry about going to jail--it is not a crime to make a mistake, even a large one, and based on what you wrote, you had no intention to commit a crime (e.g. bigamy). (Crimes require not just a criminal act, but also a criminal intent or state of mind.O However, your second "marriage" is not, unfortunately legal or a marriage, since in this country, you can only be married to one person at a time. While you are married, any second marriages are void. You do need a family lawyer's help here--to straighten out your current status; to divorce your ex (you can divorce him regardless of what he wants); to make arrangements (like powers of attorney and wills) that will give you and your current significant other at least some of the rights and benefit of being married; etc.--but do not need to worry about jail based on what you wrote.


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