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One Marriage at a Time

You can get married as many times as you want, but you can only be married to one person at a time. 

A woman in Washtenaw County was getting a divorce that was started in 2009.  There were a lot of issues in her case that could not be settled and there was a trial in 2013.  A divorce case is not officially over until the Court signs a Judgment of Divorce.  The woman, for some reason believing she was divorced, got remarried in 2012, even though her first case was not completed and there was no signed Judgment of Divorce. 

Even though the woman was technically married to two people at the same time, the Court believed the woman made an honest mistake and made her 2009 divorce effective prior to her re-marriage in 2012.  Michigan Courts have the authority (in some cases) to make a final Judgment of Divorce effective before the Court actually signs the final Judgment of Divorce.  This is called entering a Judgment nunc pro tunc which is Latin for “now for then”.  The Court’s decision to allow her to be legally divorced before her re-marriage helped her avoid any claim of bigamy, which is a felony in the State of Michigan (and every other State – even in Utah, which is another story).

As an interesting (humorous?) side note, that same woman divorced her 2012 husband in July of 2014 and got remarried (third time) on the same day!  No word on whether she is still married to her 2014 husband.

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