I live in Tennessee. During my divorce proceedings in attempts to reconcile I had sexual intercourse with my spouse on a few occasions. I still remained faithful to him however, he admitted that he couldn't be faithful to me. Therefore, I moved forward with the Divorce. When I asked my attorney he said he was unwilling to Refile the divorce. I just learned about Reconciliation Orders. It has been 15 yrs now and I want to remarry. But this is preventing me from doing so in good conscious. ..
If you did not receive a final decree or order providing for the dissolution of your marriage you are still married and will be guilty of bigamy if you marry again. You should obtain a copy of your case file and review it with a lawyer to determine your status and next steps. Do NOT get married until you do this.
Ms. Yarbrough has given you good advice. I suspect the previous divorce has been dismissed given the period of time, however, that might not be the case. If an Order of Reconciliation was entered, and no order dismissing the case, it may still be viable. If your attorney will not assist, get another attorney. Good luck to you.
I would recommend that you speak to another divorce attorney in your area. It might be difficult for you to review the file yourself. An attorney can greatly assist you in determining whether you are actually divorced or not. You cannot afford to take a chance. If you remarry and you are not actually divorced, you could be charged and convicted of bigamy which is a serious criminal offense. Get the help you need, put the old relationship behind you, and move on with your life. Good luck!
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