Greetings. The clear, unequivocal answer is NO!!! Your boyfriend must file for divorce, even if he does not know where she is, etc. Bigamy is a crime in NC. Also, imagine if you married this knight in shining armor, stayed married for 20 years, and then for some unimaginable reason now separated. All of a sudden it comes up that he was never truly divorced and all the “marital assets” in your husband’s name are not really marital and you are entitled to zero. Don’t think this is trivial and will not matter. Get him to file for divorce and know that your marriage started on the right foot. Best of luck and make sure to visit stayhappilymarried.com for more marriage advice.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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