Created By: davidbuldozer84 on May 17, 2011
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Clerical Error Marriage

Two characters who wanted a divorce and/or thought they were divorced find out they are still married.

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Two characters who wanted a divorce and/or thought they were divorced find out they are still married. This is usually due to a clerical error, hence the trope name. Examples include Dr. Cox and Jordan from Scrubs, Cameron Diaz and that dude from Sweet Home Alabama, and Kate and a high school boyfriend on Mad Love.
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  • May 17, 2011
    Duckay
    In Friends, Ross tells Rachel that he got their marriage annulled, but he didn't. It had a similar result to Rachel, but it's a bit different to other examples of the trope, because it was Ross, not a clerical error.
  • May 17, 2011
    TooBah
    This is the driving plot point in Sweet Home Alabama.
  • May 17, 2011
    peccantis
    How do priests matter in divorce? I don't know of a country where divorce wasn't a civil law thing.
  • May 17, 2011
    Topazan
    ^ The word 'clerical' has more than one definition. Try the first or second. :)

    I remember there was a multi-episode subplot of Bones where Hodgins and Angela were getting married, but it turned out that Angela was already married, so they had to track down her husband so she could get a divorce. This was a problem because she didn't even remember who he was.
  • May 18, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Inverted on The Dick Van Dyke Show, where a clerical error made Rob & Laura not married even though they thought they were. Well, not so much a "clerical error" as "Laura lied about her age on the marraige license."
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