Pursuant to the Arkansas Code 9-12-101 you can not legally marry another person before the dissolution of a prior marriage. But Arkansas Code 9-11-706 remedies this problem by declaring all marriages valid if they occured after a divorce decree was rendered but before the decree was entered into the record. So what this means for you is, if you had a signed decree on July 7 but it just was not entered into the record until Dec your marriage is valid. If there was nothing signed until Dec then your marriage in Arkansas is invalid and you are not legally married.
Arkansas Code 9-12-101. Subsequent marriage before dissolution of prior marriage prohibited.
No subsequent or second marriage shall be contracted by any person during the lifetime of any former husband or wife of the person unless the marriage with the former husband or wife has been dissolved for some one (1) of the causes set forth in the law concerning divorces by a court of competent authority.
(a) It is the intent of this section to validate all marriages deemed void as a result of the decision of the Arkansas Supreme Court in Standridge v. Standridge, 298 Ark. 494, 769 S.W.2d 12 (1989), whether occurring prior to or subsequent to November 14, 1989.
(b) (1) All marriages heretofore or hereafter declared void because the parties had entered into an otherwise valid marriage after the rendition of a valid decree of divorce of either of the parties but before the entry for record of the decree are declared valid for all purposes.
(2) All children born to any marriage declared valid by this section are deemed to be the legitimate children of both parents for all purposes.
(3) All property rights, including, but not limited to, conveyances, inheritance, intestate succession, dower, curtesy, and all rights and duties between the parties themselves or third persons, are declared to be those of validly married persons.
(c) This section shall apply to all marriages occurring both prior and subsequent to November 14, 1989.
You need to remove the second wife as a spouse. Are you on good terms so that she will agree to the fact that the marriage did not exist? If so, you can remarry her or any other person at this time. If not, you may have to file suit in court to ask for an order to invalidate the marriage based on the fact that you were not divorced when you entered into the marriage. By law the court has to find the marriage invalid and you can use that order to remove her as your spouse on any and all documents.
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