Statute 50-6 One Year Separation

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My husband’s ex-wife back dated their separation agreement to 1998 so as to push the divorce through quicker in 1999. (She divorced him so she could start collecting her deceased 2nd husband’s SS benefits again because she didn’t realize she would lose them if she remarried.) He didn’t agree with it, didn’t want the divorce and told her attorney that it wasn’t the truth. The attorney told the ex-wife to keep him quiet about it and everything would be just fine. He did try to bring up the issue at the final hearing and the Judge told him he couldn’t do so at that time and would have to file an appeal. He went to Raleigh to file an appeal but didn’t understand the process and dropped it because the ex-wife convinced him to move back in less than 1 month after the final decree was signed.

My question is, does this fact (she lied about the one year separation) mean they are still legally married? What are the repercussions of lying about the one year separation on the divorce? Is there some kind of penalty?