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Good evening, my name is Brandon. What makes your second husband think that the first divorce wasn't finalized?
Regardless of whether the first divorce was finalized, this happens more often than you might think. Bigamy is a crime, but this sort of mistake happens in about 1-2% of divorces. Law enforcement isn't interested in arresting or prosecuting someone who thought that they were married but were mistaken. Law enforcement only goes after those people who knowingly maintain more than one marriage at a time. If you had two husbands on opposite sides of the city, and you visited and spent time with each of them like they were your spouses, then you would have a criminal problem. Where a spouse has left the country over a decade ago and where the divorce paperwork was completed but accidentally not filed, law enforcement has no interest whatsoever in pursuing that sort of case. If your first divorce hasn't been finalized, then that's something you will need to straighten out. But based on what you've said, you're in absolutely no danger of being arrested or put into jail. Don't lose any sleep over this. There's no need to go to the police station or get law enforcement involved just because you made a mistake.Let me know if further clarification is needed, and please remember to leave a rating once you are finished (it is how I am credited). Thank you!