If my wife was previously marriedbut her divorce was never fully processed, what canwe do and where does this leave us?

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If my wife was previously marriedbut her divorce was never fully processed, what canwe do and where does this leave us?

Her previous husband is in the army and they filed for divorce over 6 years ago; it was never fully processed or finalized. We had no knowledge of this. We got married and have a marriage license from the state. What can we do and where does this leave us? What kind of trouble can she get in for doing this? He has neglected to give her the money and benefits she is entitled to as a military spouse. What can we do to get this resolved in the quickest and most trouble free way possible?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You have two different question here.  One about the divorce and one about getting monetary benefits she thinks that she is entitled to upon divorce.  Military benefits are very diferent and she will need to discuss this matter with an attorney familiar with how that works.  What the attorney also needs to do is to find out where the process of divorce broke down and how to repair it now.  Your marriage is void because she is still legally married to another.  Get help.  Good luck.


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