Marriage before filing for divorce, could the second marriage become legal after divorce?

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Marriage before filing for divorce, could the second marriage become legal after divorce?

Man marries woman in Virginia, man marries another woman in Tennessee both
reside in Virginia. Second woman finds out about the other marriage, has the man
file for divorce from first wife. Is the second marriage valid if the divorce
goes through, even though it was filed after bigamy occurred?

Which laws are followed?? Virginia or Tennessee? Both claim that the second
marriage is invalid, but not to the clarity of a divorce durring the bigamist
marriage.

Asked on July 24, 2018 under Family Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No it cannot. The subsequent dissolution of a first marriage cannot validate an invalid a prior second marriage. The fact is that in the eyes of the law your re-marriage was null and void, which means that it is as if it never took place. At this point, you will need to marry your "husband" again. Until you do so, you are both legally single.


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