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Are we married

May wife’s ex told her that their
divorce was final in match so we went
to vegas and got married on March 28
and she has already changed her name
and gotten a new I’d. Now her ex says
he received the paperwork saying the
divorce was finalized and dated April
12. What do we do?

Asked on April 15, 2016 under Family Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The short answer is, you'll have to get married--your first "marriage" is not valid, because in the United States, a person cannot be married to person B while still married to person A (even if in the process of a divorce). Your first "marriage" to this women doesn't count legally, so you have to get married once she is divorced. There may be other paperwork, etc. to fix, but the key thing, to be married, you have to marry when she is not presently married.


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