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29th Jun '17 7:15:15 PM Prfnoff
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This is somewhat uncommon in RealLife, but not unheard of - some people really can't be bothered with the paperwork necessary to get a proper annulment/divorce for a relationship that's long since over. However, the NewOldFlame complication generally only happens in RealLife in cases of intentional bigamy. May or may not result in AccidentalAdultery.

Can happen with TheMistress.

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This is somewhat uncommon in RealLife, but not unheard of - some people really can't be bothered with the paperwork necessary to get a proper annulment/divorce for a relationship that's long since over. However, the NewOldFlame complication generally only happens in RealLife in cases of intentional bigamy. May or may not result in AccidentalAdultery.

AccidentalAdultery. Can happen with TheMistress.TheMistress.

See also NotReallyMarriedPlot.



* Inverted on ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' where Rob and Laura discovered they're not actually married because Laura had lied about her age in order to marry (she was 17 apparently). They fix it by quickly getting married ... again.
16th May '17 5:25:35 PM nombretomado
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* Trace in ''TwoKinds'', having amnesia, fully forgets that he was married. His wife, [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=150 Saria]], does not. Later on, it turns out [[spoiler:he's NOT married anymore as Saria has been dead for years; in fact her murder at the hands of Keidran bandits was his StartOfDarkness. The woman they encountered is actually her ghost, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy who's just happy that Trace has gone back to the person he used to be.]]]]

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* Trace in ''TwoKinds'', ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', having amnesia, fully forgets that he was married. His wife, [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=150 Saria]], does not. Later on, it turns out [[spoiler:he's NOT married anymore as Saria has been dead for years; in fact her murder at the hands of Keidran bandits was his StartOfDarkness. The woman they encountered is actually her ghost, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy who's just happy that Trace has gone back to the person he used to be.]]]]
24th Mar '17 1:31:40 AM foxley
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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "For Richer or Poorer", Jane is puzzled when a man discovered unconscious at a murder scene has a photo of himself and Maura at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Maura reveals that he was her college boyfriend and they got married in Vegas, before deciding the whole thing was a mistake and getting it annulled the next day. However, it turns out the lawyer handling the annulment suffered a stroke before he could submit the papers, so Maura is still legally married. At the end of the episode, she and her 'husband' get divorced.
10th Dec '16 2:19:24 PM missmoon
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* In Tamar Cohen's ''The War of the Wives'', both the first wife and the second wife had ''no idea'' that they were married to the same man for nearly ''twenty years'' because he managed to lie to both of them about his job so that the two were never in the same place at the same time. Both find out that he's a bigamist at his funeral and how they handle each other is the course of the novel.
19th Oct '16 4:59:16 AM Tron80
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* Happened in the 80s to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, in a story just after she died in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. An alien named Salkor showed up on Earth claiming to be her husband, which of course Franchise/{{Superman}} didn't believe. Later in the story he finds a video Supergirl made in his fortress where she relates being injured by a collision in space with a kryptonite meteor. Salkor, the hero of his world, finds her and nurses her back to health. Since she has amnesia, she hangs around and falls in love with him. But eventually her old memories return, in the process pushing aside her memories of the incidental marriage. She flies back to Earth and resumes her life. Her memories returned just in time for her to make the video before her death. A lot of fans forget this story because it was a time of way out stories as writers were cut loose to write any story they wanted before the reboot. Plus the marriage was a little bit gross [[UglyGuyHotWife by human standards]].

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* Happened in the 80s to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, in a story just after she died in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' (''Superman #415: Supergirl: Bride Of- -X?''). An alien named Salkor showed up on Earth claiming to be her husband, which of course Franchise/{{Superman}} didn't believe. Later in the story he finds a video Supergirl made in his fortress where she relates being injured by a collision in space with a kryptonite meteor. Salkor, the hero of his world, finds her and nurses her back to health. Since she has amnesia, she hangs around and falls in love with him. But eventually her old memories return, in the process pushing aside her memories of the incidental marriage. She flies back to Earth and resumes her life. Her memories returned just in time for her to make the video before her death. A lot of fans forget this story because it was a time of way out stories as writers were cut loose to write any story they wanted before the reboot. Plus the marriage was a little bit gross [[UglyGuyHotWife by human standards]].
19th Oct '16 4:56:17 AM Tron80
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* Happened in the 80s to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, in a story just after she died in ''ComicBook/{{Crisis on Infinite Earths}}''. An alien named Salkor showed up on Earth claiming to be her husband, which of course Superman didn't believe. Later in the story he finds a video Supergirl made in his fortress where she relates being injured by a collision in space with a kryptonite meteor. Salkor, the hero of his world, finds her and nurses her back to health. Since she has amnesia, she hangs around and falls in love with him. But eventually her old memories return, in the process pushing aside her memories of the incidental marriage. She flies back to Earth and resumes her life. Her memories returned just in time for her to make the video before her death. A lot of fans forget this story because it was a time of way out stories as writers were cut loose to write any story they wanted before the reboot. Plus the marriage was a little bit gross [[UglyGuyHotWife by human standards]].

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* Happened in the 80s to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, in a story just after she died in ''ComicBook/{{Crisis on Infinite Earths}}''. ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. An alien named Salkor showed up on Earth claiming to be her husband, which of course Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} didn't believe. Later in the story he finds a video Supergirl made in his fortress where she relates being injured by a collision in space with a kryptonite meteor. Salkor, the hero of his world, finds her and nurses her back to health. Since she has amnesia, she hangs around and falls in love with him. But eventually her old memories return, in the process pushing aside her memories of the incidental marriage. She flies back to Earth and resumes her life. Her memories returned just in time for her to make the video before her death. A lot of fans forget this story because it was a time of way out stories as writers were cut loose to write any story they wanted before the reboot. Plus the marriage was a little bit gross [[UglyGuyHotWife by human standards]].
8th Oct '16 4:59:14 PM nombretomado
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* Done hilariously on ''CampLazlo''. One season ended with Jane, the love of Lumpus' life, getting engaged to the next guy who walked up: some old man. A season later, they almost got married---but in the middle of the wedding, his other three wives complained. His excuse? Senility.

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* Done hilariously on ''CampLazlo''.''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''. One season ended with Jane, the love of Lumpus' life, getting engaged to the next guy who walked up: some old man. A season later, they almost got married---but in the middle of the wedding, his other three wives complained. His excuse? Senility.
2nd Sep '16 9:28:25 AM Katsuhagi
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** In Ancient times, Jews with jobs that required long and dangerous travel(such as soldiers, sailors, and caravaners)had a custom of leaving a certificate of divorce behind to be opened after a certain date, to spare their wives this inconvenience.

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** In Ancient times, Jews with jobs that required long and dangerous travel(such travel (such as soldiers, sailors, and caravaners)had caravaners) had a custom of leaving a certificate of divorce behind to be opened after a certain date, to spare their wives this inconvenience.
31st Aug '16 4:19:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Barbara in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''WorldWar'' series. Her husband Jens went missing during a scouting mission and was assumed KIA. By the time he caught up with her, she was already remarried and pregnant, driving him to a FaceHeelTurn.

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* Barbara in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''WorldWar'' ''Literature/WorldWar'' series. Her husband Jens went missing during a scouting mission and was assumed KIA. By the time he caught up with her, she was already remarried and pregnant, driving him to a FaceHeelTurn.
9th Jun '16 5:15:59 PM nombretomado
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** Nanette later appeared in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', and she tried to seduce Frasier despite having remarried herself. (Incidentally, Nanette was also an example of TheOtherDarrin, being played by Creator/EmmaThompson in the ''Cheers'' episode and by [[{{Roseanne}} Laurie Metcalf]] in the ''Frasier'' one.

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** Nanette later appeared in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', and she tried to seduce Frasier despite having remarried herself. (Incidentally, Nanette was also an example of TheOtherDarrin, being played by Creator/EmmaThompson in the ''Cheers'' episode and by [[{{Roseanne}} [[Series/{{Roseanne}} Laurie Metcalf]] in the ''Frasier'' one.
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