Last fall, we blogged about a Texas pilot that for almost three years was splitting his time between two wives and two homes -- each unaware of the other. The Fort Worth man's second wife became suspicious when she realized that her husband was still paying bills for the woman she thought he already divorced. It turns out that the husband filed for divorce from his first wife, but then decided that he wanted to rectify the marital discord and never finalized the divorce. However, he did still proceed with a marriage to the second woman.
The romance of a Valentine's Day wedding likely wore off for one out-of-state bride when she realized that her husband was already married to another woman. Less than a month after the wedding, the second wife is seeking an annulment upon realizing the man she wed is already married to another woman with whom he fathered four children.
Some divorces can be finalized in the absence of litigation through a no-fault divorce, which means that the couple agrees on every issue regarding property division, children, debts and everything else pertaining to the end of the marriage. However, this is the exception rather than the norm as most splitting couples disagree on significant issues relating to a divorce.
It is critical that when a couple is divorcing, they make sure to go about the process through the judicial system in a manner that can be enforceable. This means that if an individual seeks custody, visitation, child support, alimony or any sort of post-decree modification, that party should go through a judge to do so. If an individual fails to do this, they could find themselves facing serious, even criminal, consequences.