Is a marriage legal if the bride is already married in another state?

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Is a marriage legal if the bride is already married in another state?

I married on 12-29-17 to a girl and then found out that she got married in June 2017 to a guy in Arkansas. I am unable to get records of that marriage or divorce because I don’t have all of the required information to request the records from Arkansas. I was going to file for divorce in Missouri but not sure if I’m even legally married. Where do I start?

Asked on July 30, 2018 under Family Law, Missouri

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot be married to two people simultanously, so the second marriage (yours) is not valid. But it does not "invalidate itself"--you need to seek an annulment to have the marraige declared void from the start due to bigamy. A family or matrimonial law attorney can help you do this.


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