My question involves marriage law for the State of: West Virginia (most likely)
I have not proposed yet, but would like to marry the girl I've been dating. I'm divorced, and she knows this...but she is unaware how long I've actually been divorced. When we first started dating I lied and said I was already divorced (state of Hawaii). The truth is the process was started, but turned out not to be as quick as some would have you believe. One quick trip to the courthouse turned into 3 or 4 with several waiting periods in between when my ex kept returning incorrectly filled out paperwork via snail-mail.
So we were technically dating while I was still married for about 6 months. Divorce is now final.
This girl is somewhat old fashioned, and perhaps I should have disclosed the truth right from the start, but it's too late for that now. I have a feeling telling her now would destroy her and the relationship. It took some work to get her to date a previously married man to begin with. Maybe I'm a scumbag, but I seriously thought my divorce decree was in the mail when we started dating, so I never disclosed the full truth.
If we were to file for marriage, more than likely in her home-state of West Virginia, and I were to put an "incorrect" date of divorce, would it ever be found out? How often is that really investigated?
Other state-of-marriage possibilities: Hawaii (our current home), Las Vegas (we've talked about running there and doing it before), and possibly Louisiana (my hometown).