What is my status if 30 years ago I married a woman but then later found out that she was not divorced from her previous husband and we split up 21 years ago?

I’m looking to get married.

Asked on March 4, 2018 under Family Law, Colorado


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If this woman was married at the time of your "marriage" to her, then the marriage is void; it is of no legal force or effect. This is all true no matter how long you and this woman have been separated. Accordingly, you are free to get married now since legally you are single. 

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