Q: I was married in 1978 & divorced in 1985. I then married again in 1986 & divorced in 2006. The court shows no record of
my first divorce ever being finalized. What do I need to do if anything?
A: Yes, you need to finalize your first divorce and when it is finalized it needs to be made retroactive back to before your second marriage. Get a copy of your first divorce records at the courthouse. Take all the papers from your first divorce to a family law attorney and see what needs to be done so that it can be finished up. Hard to say more than that without seeing the paperwork.
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