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I've been married 30 years and just found out my husband…

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I've been married 30 years and just found out my husband never got a divorce from his previous wife. Is my marriage valid?

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No, it is not. Your marriage is considered void under Maryland's law. Your husband is still married to his first wife. You'd be eligible for an annulment under Maryland law to show officially that your marriage as void from the very beginning.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
My husband insist he's divorced even though he didn't sign any papers. How do I find documents to verify that my husband is actually divorced (which would have been filed in Washington DC) from his previous wifel

The records of the divorce would be in the DC Superior Court***** NW, Rm. 4335, Washington, DC 20001

Call them at(###) ###-#### They are not your records, so they won't send you a copy of the decree, but unless they were sealed, you or a lawyer could see if they are there on file.

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Thank you so much. You've been very helpful.
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You're very welcome. Good luck!

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