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I'm getting married in Las Vegas on December 8. I am an Oregon resident and I am officially divorced for almost 15 years. However, my spouse to be was divorced in California but due to the backlog in the courts, while the papers have been filed months and months ago, they keep delaying the actual finalization. It was supposed to be today, and he just found out that once again the courts are too busy to be finalizing divorces. So just on the OFF CHANCE that within the next three weeks the California courts are still sitting on their thumbs, what happens if we still go to Las Vegas and still get our marriage license and still have a legit ceremony? Spending my married life in jail doesn't sound like a good idea. But if we go ahead with this, what would the ramifications be? Could we make the Nevada marriage legal by petitioning after the California courts wake up and grant the divorce? Or is our Nevada marriage null and void (if not criminal...)?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?

I'm free and clear. His divorce papers have been filed in California since April and six months later in October he finds out how far behind the courts are. It's now November and they are still not finalized.

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

I live in Oregon - he lives in California.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Just what the cost is going to be?

Lawyer's Assistant: It can cost anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on the type of issue and how much of the Family Lawyer's time your question is expected to take (how complex and lengthy an answer you require).

Okay - it's worth knowing.

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Family Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

Unfortunately, you can not obtain a valid license to marry anywhere in the US until the dissolution is signed in CA.

The marriage will be void.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you spinning your wheels and breaking the law.

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