I'm not licensed to practice law in Texas. However, it is my understanding that foreign divorce decrees can be, and frequently are, dissolved in the United States. I know that this would not be a problem in Florida. Any Texas lawyers care to clarify what the State of Texas' position is on foreign divorce decrees?
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The marriage legally conducted in a foreign country is valid in America, and vice versa. With that said, in order to marry someone else, you must first get a divorce and/or invalidation of the prior marriage, if applicable. If you decide to marry someone while you are legally married to someone else, than your marriage is void, not just voidable. Not to mention criminal implication.
With that said, in Texas, the only requirement to file a divorce is fairly simple. You have to have been domicile (fancy term for being a resident) in Texas for 6 months and a resident of the county you are filing the divorce at for at least 90 days. Once that is met, you can file for divorce.
The only difficulty in your case will be the service made on your ex-spouse in jail (simple but it requires an extra step) and whether or not your ex-spouse will be wiling to sign off on the divorce. Due process requries that he gets served personally with the divorce so it is a step you have to undergo.
Also, once you are able to get the divorce, you must wait 30 days after the divorce to marry. Texas requires the 30 days period to be applicable subsequent a divorce. If violated, your marriage is voidable, not void.
Sorry for the vague answer, but as you may be aware, more facts are needed.
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Yes, you need to get divorced here in Texas. If your marriage was valid in Mexico, it is valid here. A divorce is necessary.
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A marriage in a foreign country is still valid in the USA. If you want to marry someone else, then yes, you must get divorced first.
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