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Hello there --
Did he live in TN at the time he used their courts to apply for a divorce even if you were not living there with him at all or ever ?
How long have you known about this divorce ?
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However, I can tell you that legally, if your ex was actually living in TN at the time he filed for divorce there, then the TN court had jurisdiction over him and he was permitted to file for divorce there because he lived there at the time. When you did not appear, a DEFAULT divorce was granted to him. Now, normally I would tell you that a default divorce can be challenged in the court that issued the default divorce but I have never seen a default divorce be reopened if the default divorce has been in place more than 10 years. On this point alone (the 31 years) I think you will have a difficult time reopening the divorce case and having the divorce declared invalid because so much time has passed since it was issued. You can certainly try it -- and how that is accomplished is that you must file a written motion to the court in TN where the divorce was issued and ask the court to reopen the case and contest the divorce and how it happened, etc. If you are able to get the case reopened now, then the marriage will be declared as valid for all of these years and the divorce will happen now at the time you reopen the case (assuming you no longer want to be married to him).
So, yes this divorce is valid at the present time unless you challenge it in the court where it was issued by getting the court to reopen the case.
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