How can I determine if my marriage is legal

My “husband” and I were married 4 years ago. His divorce papers were signed by the judge in February of that year, then we got married, however the courts did not finalize the papers until August. Are we legally married or did he commit bigamy? If so how do I get my marriage annulled?

Asked on October 30, 2011 under Family Law, Ohio


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You need to check this matter and the specifics surrounding it with an attorney in your area who can look at the paperwork and give you a specific answer to this question.  Generally speaking, a decree of divorce is not final until signed by the judge AND entered by the clerk of the court.  That means formally recorded in the court records.  How this will play out here depends.  You are not legally married if your spouse was married to some one else at the time of the ceremony.  And you should indeed have something that indicates that your marriage now is over - annulment (which is harder to obtain) or divorce.  Seek legal help in your area.  Good luck.

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