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I was married in 1980, we lost contact as he left the country... We both remarried years later and have since divorced our 2nd spouses.. Are we still legally married, a divorce was never acquired between us
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Yes, you are still technically married. Every state/jurisdiction in US disallows bigamous marriage. I hate to say it, but your second marriage was technically VOID ab initio (at beginning), and the divorce to the second marriage should have been an annulment.

But regardless, you are still married technically to him. You may wish to get a divorce, and can have him served VIA ALTERNATIVE SERVICE and get a default judgment divorce. So this is possible.

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